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 fairs happen in public, which means that such expressions of religion are societal in addition to person types of human behaviour. The similarity within the normal styles of rituals and fairs throughout cultures and religions is extraordinary. for instance, such a lot cultures and religions mark significant life-course transitions equivalent to delivery, marriage, and loss of life with public ritual expressions, and diverse gala's are tied to food-producing actions equivalent to planting and harvesting. the place religions and societies differ is within the meanings linked to ritual behaviour and the categorical types these behaviours take.

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

  • general ideas and concepts equivalent to communitas, inversion, purity and pollutants, and pilgrimages
  • major types of ritual and pageant akin to 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 fairs in cultural areas similar 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, akin to 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 stories, archaeology, conversation experiences, cultural anthropology, cultural reviews, foreign stories, philosophy, mental anthropology, non secular stories, social anthropology, sociology and theology.

An unparalleled source, this new encyclopedia offers in-depth assurance of an enormous array of globally practices with entries that draw at the newest study on hand, delivering clean insights whereas protecting a reference to tested scholarship. The cross-cultural insurance can help foster interfaith figuring out in addition to current and clarify unusual behaviours and rituals.

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