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Problem of Ritual Efficacy

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ISBN-10: 0195394410

ISBN-13: 9780195394412

Edition: 2010

Authors: William Sturman Sax, Johannes Quack, Jan Weinhold

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Rituals transform citizens into presidents and princesses into queens. They transform sick persons into healthy ones, and public space into prohibited sanctuary. Shamanic rituals heal, legal rituals bind, political rituals ratify, and religious rituals sanctify. But how exactly do they accomplish these things? How do rituals work? This is the question of ritual efficacy, and although it is one of the very first questions that people everywhere ask of rituals, surprisingly little has been written on the topic. In fact, this collection of 10 contributed essays is the first to explicitly address the question of ritual efficacy. The authors do not aspire to answer the question 'how do rituals…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Ritual and the Problem of Efficacy
Ritual Healing and the Investiture of the Babylonian King
Jesus and his Followers as Healers: Symbolic Healing in Early Christianity
Healing Rituals in the Mediaeval West
Excommunication in the Middle Ages: A Meta-Ritual and the Many Faces of Its Efficacy
The Work of Z�r. Women and Spirit Possession in Northern Sudan
Ritual Humility in Modern Laboratories: Or, Why Ecuadorian IVF Practitioners Pray
Ritual, Medicine, and the Placebo Response
Bell, Bourdieu, and Wittgenstein on Ritual Sense