Rituals And Traditional Events In The Modern World

Author: Jennifer Laing
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134593201
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Rituals And Traditional Events In The Modern World from the Author: Jennifer Laing. Many events have evolved over centuries, drawing on local customs and conditions. However, as the world becomes increasingly globalised, traditional events and the identities they support are increasingly being challenged and rituals may be lost. Reacting against this trend towards homogeneity, communities strive to preserve and even recreate their traditional events, which may require rituals to be resurrected or reinvented for a new audience. The aim of this book is to explore the role of traditional events and rituals in the modern world. The 16 chapters cover a range of case studies of the performance of ritual through events, including their historical antecedents and development over time, as well as their role in society, link with identities both seemingly fixed and fluid and their continued relevance. The cases examined are not museum pieces, but rather vibrant festivals and events that continue to persist. Drawing on the power of history and cultural tradition, they are manifestations of heritage, existing in three temporalities: celebrating the past, occurring in the present and aiming to continue into and influence the future. Iconic events including Chinese New Year, Hogmanay and the New Orleans Mardi Gras are examined and examples are drawn from a diverse range of countries such as South Korea, China, Laos, the United States, Scotland, Italy, India and Haiti. This volume provides a deep understanding upon the role of tradition and ritual within events, from a global perspective and will be valuable reading for students, researchers and academics interested in events, heritage and culture.

Reformation And Modern Rituals And Theologies Of Baptism

Author: Bryan D. Spinks
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780754656975
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Reformation And Modern Rituals And Theologies Of Baptism from the Author: Bryan D. Spinks. This second of two volumes, surveying the historical underpinnings of baptismal liturgies and theologies, traces developments through the Reformation, liturgies in the 18th and 19th centuries, and explores important new ecumenical perspectives on developments of 20th Century sacramental discussion. Present practices of Baptists, Amish, as well as Methodist, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed and Anglican denominations are also examined.

Practices Of Diplomacy In The Early Modern World C 1410 1800

Author: Tracey A. Sowerby
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1351736914
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Practices Of Diplomacy In The Early Modern World C 1410 1800 from the Author: Tracey A. Sowerby. Practices of Diplomacy in the Early Modern World offers a new contribution to the ongoing reassessment of early modern international relations and diplomatic history. Divided into three parts, it provides an examination of diplomatic culture from the Renaissance into the eighteenth century and presents the development of diplomatic practices as more complex, multifarious and globally interconnected than the traditional state-focussed, national paradigm allows. The volume addresses three central and intertwined themes within early modern diplomacy: who and what could claim diplomatic agency and in what circumstances; the social and cultural contexts in which diplomacy was practised; and the role of material culture in diplomatic exchange. Together the chapters provide a broad geographical and chronological presentation of the development of diplomatic practices and, through a strong focus on the processes and significance of cultural exchanges between polities, demonstrate how it was possible for diplomats to negotiate the cultural codes of the courts to which they were sent. This exciting collection brings together new and established scholars of diplomacy from different academic traditions. It will be essential reading for all students of diplomatic history.

Subversive Spiritualities

Author: Frederique Apffel-Marglin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199912475
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Subversive Spiritualities from the Author: Frederique Apffel-Marglin. In this book, Frederique Apffel-Marglin draws on a lifetime of work with the indigenous peoples of Peru and India to support her argument that the beliefs, values, and practices of such traditional peoples are ''eco-metaphysically true.''

A Book Of Pagan Rituals

Author: Herman Slater
Publisher: Weiser Books
ISBN: 9780877283485
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A Book Of Pagan Rituals from the Author: Herman Slater. This collection of rituals, practices, and exercises has been drawn from ancient sources, some have been preserved and some rituals have been updated by scholars from various pagan groups. This deluxe one-volume edition is specially designed to be read by candlelight.

Powwowing Among The Pennsylvania Dutch

Author: David W. Kriebel
Publisher: Penn State Press
ISBN: 9780271032139
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Powwowing Among The Pennsylvania Dutch from the Author: David W. Kriebel. Known in Pennsylvania Dutch as brauche or braucherei, the folk-healing practice of powwowing was thought to draw upon the power of God to heal all manner of physical and spiritual ills. Yet some people believed, and still believe today, that this power to heal came not from God, but from the devil. Controversy over powwowing came to a climax in 1929 with the York Hex Murder Trial, in which one powwower from York County, Pennsylvania, killed another powwower (who, he believed, had placed a hex on him). In Powwowing Among the Pennsylvania Dutch, David Kriebel examines the practice of powwowing in a scholarly light and shows that, contrary to popular belief, the practice of powwowing is still active today. Because powwowing lacks extensive scholarly documentation, David Kriebel&’s research is both a groundbreaking inquiry and a necessity for the scholar of Pennsylvania German history and culture. The fact that powwowing is still practiced may come as a surprise to some readers, but included in this book are the interviews Kriebel had with living powwowers during his seven years of fieldwork in southeastern and central Pennsylvania. Along with these interviews, Kriebel includes biographical sketches of seven living powwowers; descriptions of powwowing as it was practiced in years past, compared with the practice today; a discussion of the belief of powwowing as healing; and a discussion of the future, if any, of powwowing, and what it will take for powwowing to continue to survive.

Folklore In Modern India

Author: Jawaharlal Handoo
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Folklore In Modern India from the Author: Jawaharlal Handoo. Papers presented at the 11th Congress of the International Society for Folk-Narrative Research, held at Mysore in January 1995.

Things Fall Apart

Author: Chinua Achebe
Publisher: Heinemann
ISBN: 9780435905255
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Things Fall Apart from the Author: Chinua Achebe. This expanded edition of Chinua Achebe's first novel portrays the collision of African and European cultures in an Igbo village. Okonkwo, a great man in Igbo traditional society, cannot adapt to the profound changes brought by the British conquest of Nigeria. Yet, as in classic tragedy, Okonkwo's character as well as external forces contribute to his downfall. This expanded edition includes new illustrations, maps, additional essays on history, culture,and literature, and reference material to help readers see Achebe's classic novel in social and historical context, and to understand its place in world literature.

Jews In The Early Modern World

Author: Dean Phillip Bell
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742545182
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Jews In The Early Modern World from the Author: Dean Phillip Bell. Jews in the Early Modern World presents a comparative and global history of the Jews for the early modern period, 1400-1700. It traces the remarkable demographic changes experienced by Jews around the globe and assesses the impact of those changes on Jewish communal and social structures, religious and cultural practices, and relations with non-Jews.