What is Ritual? [vlog bibliography]

buddha ritual

Jonathan Z. Smith and Catherine Bell (who tragically died in 2008) have both heavily influenced scholarship on ritual studies over the past three decades. Ritual used to be viewed as "an outward expression of inward faith"—actions that reflected deeper mythologies, sincerity, belief, or symbolism. Smith and Bell (along with a few other key scholars) helped to turn the focus away from inward states of mind to the outward performativity of ritual. Hence, in the video, I asked: "What does ritual DO?" Ritual is foremost an action, so the best way to go about defining ritual is focusing on the action and what that action seeks to accomplish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_URgZf01hU The … [Read On...]

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