Ritual in Early Modern Europe

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Cambridge University Press, 28. aug. 1997 - 291 sider
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The first comprehensive study of rituals in early modern Europe, this book argues that between about 1400 and 1700 a revolution in ritual theory took place that utterly transformed concepts about time, the body, and the presence of spiritual forces in the world. In this work of synthesis Professor Muir draws on the extensive anthropology-inspired historical research that has been published during the past twenty years, and emphasizes the persistence of traditional Christian ritual practices even as educated elites attempted to privilege reason over passion, textual interpretation over ritual action, and personal moral rectitude over gaining access to supernatural powers. The themes discussed by Professor Muir are wide-ranging and include rites of passage, carnivalesque festivity, Protestant and Catholic Reformations, and the alleged anti-Christian rituals of Jews and witches.
 

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Innhold

Rites of passage
19
The ritual calendar
55
Rituals of the body
81
Carnival and the lower body
85
Manners and the upper body
117
Ritual and representation
147
The Reformation as a revolution in ritual theory
155
The Reformation as a ritual process
185
Government as a ritual process
229
mere ritual
269
Glossary
276
Index
284
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