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Negotiating Rites

Ute Husken and Frank Neubert


Ritual is often seen as an undisputed and indisputable part of all sorts of traditions, religious and secular. However, a close look at ritual actions and texts points toward the fact that rituals not only are frequently disputed, but that they also constitute a field in which vital and sometimes even violent negotiations take place. This insight opens up fruitful new perspectives on ritual procedures, on the interactions that constitute these procedures, and on their contexts. The rituals or ritualized behavior investigated in this volume represent a broad spectrum, such as worship in a Tibet ... More

Keywords: ritual, negotiation, performance, religion, festivity, initiation, field study, textual analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199812295
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812295.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ute Husken, author
University of Oslo

Frank Neubert, author
Universitat Bern

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Front Matter


Ute Hüsken and Frank Neubert

Part One Sharing a World

1 Negotiating Karma

Mikael Aktor

2 Negotiations at Death

Erik de Maaker

Part Two Getting It Straight

10 Negotiating Ritual Repair

Kathryn McClymond

Part Three Meanings and Values of Ritual

End Matter