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3. Ritual and society

3. Ritual and society  

Barry Stephenson

in Ritual: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780199394432
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199943524.003.0004
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9780199943524
What does ritual do? Sociological and anthropological theory of the first half of the twentieth century proposes that ritual—secular or sacred—binds groups together, ensuring their ... More
Introduction: defining paganism

Introduction: defining paganism  

Owen Davies

in Paganism: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777110
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199235162.003.0001
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9780199235162
‘Introduction: defining paganism’ emphasizes that the notion of paganism, as generally understood today, was created by the early Christian Church. It was a label Christians applied to ... More
6. The Koran as codex

6. The Koran as codex  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776311
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0006
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9780192853448
There are many ways to present a text. This is influenced by culture and materials. ‘The Koran as codex’ examines how the Koran was first assembled and how it is presented today. The leaves ... More
7. The Mormon world

7. The Mormon world  

Richard Lyman Bushman

in Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780199365562
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10.1093/actrade/9780195310306.003.0007
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9780195310306
The end of polygamy and the achievement of Utah statehood in the 1890s altered Mormonism's relationship with the rest of the USA. For the first time, Mormons could aspire to national ... More
2. The Etruscan language

2. The Etruscan language  

Christopher Smith

in The Etruscans: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2014
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May 2014
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9780191779817
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199547913.003.0003
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9780199547913
‘The Etruscan language’ describes what we know about the language of the Etruscans and how much we can decipher about them from their language. Etruscan is not an Indo-European language. ... More
1. Ritualization

1. Ritualization  

Barry Stephenson

in Ritual: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780199394432
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199943524.003.0002
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‘Ritualization’ considers one of the cornerstones of ritual studies—ritualization. It begins with ethology, the study of animal behaviour and goes on to discuss ritualization theory and how ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Barry Stephenson

in Ritual: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780199394432
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199943524.003.0001
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The ‘Introduction’ asks what is ritual? Is ritual useful? What are the various kinds of ritual? It suggests that to think about ritual is to reflect on human nature, sociality, and culture. ... More
5. Definitions, types, domains

5. Definitions, types, domains  

Barry Stephenson

in Ritual: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780199394432
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199943524.003.0006
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The word “ritual” is used in three different, though related, ways. First, ritual is conceived as a kind of action. Second, ritual is a cultural domain, arena, stage, or field, in and out ... More
6. How should the agnostic live?

6. How should the agnostic live?  

Robin Le Poidevin

in Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777684
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199575268.003.0007
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9780199575268
‘How should the agnostic live?’ compares the effects of agnosticism in science and morality. It argues that a religious life is possible for the agnostic. The argument for faith known as ... More
5. From darkness to light

5. From darkness to light  

Andreas Önnerfors

in Freemasonry: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2017
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Aug 2017
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9780191837364
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198796275.003.0005
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9780198796275
The rituals of freemasonry developed during the 18th and 19th centuries and have remained unchanged in their general design. Masonic rituals take place inside (and partly outside) the lodge ... More
Ritual: A Very Short Introduction

Ritual: A Very Short Introduction  

Barry Stephenson

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2015
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Feb 2015
eISBN: 
9780199394432
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199943524.001.0001
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9780199943524
Ritual is part of what it means to be human. It defines and enriches culture, but what is ritual? What are the various kinds of ritual? Is ritual tradition bound and conservative or ... More
2. Oral literatures

2. Oral literatures  

Sean Teuton

in Native American Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780190231392
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10.1093/actrade/9780199944521.003.0002
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9780199944521
Native Americans carefully trained their memories to record and transmit vast bodies of knowledge verbatim because, in an oral society, the known universe always stood only one generation ... More
4. Ceremonies, festivals, and rituals

4. Ceremonies, festivals, and rituals  

Jacob J. Olupọna

in African Religions: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2014
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Feb 2014
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9780199375264
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10.1093/actrade/9780199790586.003.0004
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9780199790586
Ceremonies, festivals, and rituals embody, enact, and reinforce the sacred values communicated in myths. ‘Ceremonies, festivals, and rituals’ explains that rituals occur on calendrical ... More
8. Humanist ceremonies

8. Humanist ceremonies  

Stephen Law

in Humanism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777363
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10.1093/actrade/9780199553648.003.0009
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9780199553648
Humanists like to have ceremonies as much as religious people. Ceremonies do not have to be religious or supernatural. People who engage in ritualistic activity need not assume that such ... More
3. Grounding, houses, and mansions: social formation of Rastafari

3. Grounding, houses, and mansions: social formation of Rastafari  

Ennis B. Edmonds

in Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777844
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199584529.003.0004
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9780199584529
Rastafari is not like Christian denominations. It is not homogenous. It is not able to regulate the behaviour of its members or dictate their beliefs. It is more like other African diaspora ... More
The Devil: A Very Short Introduction

The Devil: A Very Short Introduction  

Darren Oldridge

Print Publication Year: 
May 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777776
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199580996.001.0001
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9780199580996
Focussing specifically on the Christian Devil, The Devil: A Very Short Introduction explores the many guises and roles he played in the Bible. He has fascinated writers and theologians ... More
6. Organizational culture

6. Organizational culture  

Andreas Önnerfors

in Freemasonry: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2017
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Aug 2017
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9780191837364
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10.1093/actrade/9780198796275.003.0006
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9780198796275
The global success of freemasonry as a voluntary association lies in its well-developed internal organizational culture. By 1723, the masonic foundational rules for organization had already ... More
3. Government in Confucian teachings

3. Government in Confucian teachings  

Daniel K. Gardner

in Confucianism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2014
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Aug 2014
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9780190236809
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10.1093/actrade/9780195398915.003.0003
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9780195398915
‘Government in Confucian teachings’ describes Confucius' teachings on the ideal ruler and the process of government. A good ruler is a superior man (junzi) who must model the morality he ... More
2. The making of the Book of Common Prayer

2. The making of the Book of Common Prayer  

Brian Cummings

in The Book of Common Prayer: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2018
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Aug 2018
eISBN: 
9780191842160
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198803928.003.0003
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chapter
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9780198803928
Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury (1489–1556), authorized the passage of the Book of Common Prayer through Parliament and into law, and was also the prime ‘author’ in its ... More
3. Word, body, and gesture

3. Word, body, and gesture  

Brian Cummings

in The Book of Common Prayer: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2018
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Aug 2018
eISBN: 
9780191842160
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198803928.003.0004
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chapter
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9780198803928
‘Word, body, and gesture’ examines the Book of Common Prayer in detail, describing the nature and theology of the English services and prayers, and also their witness to gesture, faith, and ... More

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