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Teaching Ritual

Catherine Bell


Many teachers share an interest in bringing a better appreciation of ritual into their religious studies classes, but are uncertain how to do it. Religious studies faculty know how to teach texts, but they often have difficulty teaching something for which the meaning lies in the doing. How do you teach such “doing”? How much need be done? How does the teacher talk about the religiosity that exists in personalized relationships, not textual descriptions or prescriptions? These practical issues also give rise to theoretical questions. Giving more attention to ritual effectively suggests a reint ... More

Keywords: religious studies, religious studies texts, meaning, doing, religiosity, personalized relationships, reinterpretation of religion, anthropology, sociology

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195176452
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176452.001.0001


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Catherine Bell, editor
Santa Clara University
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Part I Teaching the Experience through Encounter and Reflection

Part II Teaching the Questions through Issues and Theories

9 Ritual from Five Angles: A Tool for Teaching

Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart

Part III Teaching the Medium through Contrast and Engagement

13 Teaching Healing Rituals/Ritual Healing

Susan S. Sered and Linda L. Barnes

17 Ritual and the Writing Class

Christopher I. Lehrich

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