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Ritual Textuality: Pattern and Motion in Performance

Ritual Textuality: Pattern and Motion in Performance (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Tomlinson, Matt

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A classic question in studies of ritual is how ritual performances achieve-or fail to achieve-their effects. In this pathbreaking book, Matt Tomlinson argues that participants condition their own expectations of ritual success by interactively creating distinct textual patterns o...f sequence, conjunction, contrast, and substitution. Drawing on long-term research in Fiji, the book presents in-depth studies of each of these patterns, taken from a wide range of settings: a fiery, soul-saving Pentecostal crusade; relaxed gatherings at which people drink the narcotic beverage kava; deathbeds at which missionaries eagerly await the signs of good Christians' happy deaths ; and the monologic pronouncements of a military-led government determined to make the nation speak in a single voice. In each of these cases, Tomlinson also examines the broad ideologies of motion which frame participants' ritual actions, such as Pentecostals' beliefs that effective worship requires ecstatic movement like jumping, dancing, and clapping, and nineteenth-century missionaries' insistence that the journeys of the soul in the afterlife should follow a new path. By approaching ritual as an act of entextualization -in which the flow of discourse is turned into object-like texts-while analyzing the ways people expect words, things, and selves to move in performance, this book presents a new and compelling way to understand the efficacy of ritual action.
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ISBN 9780199341146
Released NZ 24 Apr 2014
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Series Oxford Ritual Studies
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ISBN-13 9780199341146
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press Inc
Released 24 Apr 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Tomlinson, Matt
Series Oxford Ritual Studies
Category Religion & Beliefs
Ethnic Or Tribal Religions
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 166mm
Height: 239mm
Spine: 14mm
Dewey Code 264.0099611
Weight 266g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Performance - Religious aspects, Christianity - Fiji, Fiji - Religion, Rites and ceremonies - Fiji
NBS Text Social Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly