Routledge Encyclopedia of Religious Rites, Rituals and Festivals (Religion and Society)

Routledge Encyclopedia of Religious Rites, Rituals and Festivals (Religion and Society)


Many rituals and gala's occur in public, that means that such expressions of religion are societal in addition to person types of human behaviour. The similarity within the basic styles of rituals and fairs throughout cultures and religions is outstanding. for instance, such a lot cultures and religions mark significant life-course transitions comparable to delivery, marriage, and dying with public ritual expressions, and various gala's are tied to food-producing actions reminiscent of planting and harvesting. the place religions and societies fluctuate is within the meanings linked to ritual behaviour and the explicit varieties these behaviours take.

The Encyclopedia of non secular Rites, Rituals and Festivals explores this complicated subject via articles protecting the next common different types of information:

  • general strategies and concepts reminiscent of communitas, inversion, purity and toxins, and pilgrimages
  • major varieties of ritual and pageant reminiscent of rites of passage, devotional rites, sacrifice, calendrical rites, carnival, and fasting
  • religious rites and fairs of significant religions, together with Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Catholicism and Judaism
  • rites and gala's in cultural areas akin to China, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Pacific islands
  • life-cycle rites, together with these linked to start, coming of age, marriage and death
  • specific rites and gala's, resembling Divali, Easter, Ramadan, snake dealing with and Yom Kippur.

The Encyclopedia of spiritual Rites, Rituals, and Festivals comprises a hundred thirty entries contributed and signed via students from overseas universities and institutes, with services in such fields as Asian and Pacific reports, archaeology, communique stories, cultural anthropology, cultural experiences, overseas stories, philosophy, mental anthropology, non secular stories, social anthropology, sociology and theology.

An remarkable source, this new encyclopedia offers in-depth assurance of an enormous array of globally practices with entries that draw at the most recent examine on hand, providing clean insights whereas retaining a reference to validated scholarship. The cross-cultural insurance can assist foster interfaith realizing in addition to current and clarify strange behaviours and rituals.

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