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Ritual and Religion in the Making of Humanity

Ritual and Religion in the Making of Humanity

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: March 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521296908

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  • Roy Rappaport argues that religion is central to the continuing evolution of life, although it has been been displaced from its original position of intellectual authority by the rise of modern science. His book, which could be construed as in some degree religious as well as about religion, insists that religion can and must be reconciled with science. Combining adaptive and cognitive approaches to the study of humankind, he mounts a comprehensive analysis of religion's evolutionary significance, seeing it as co-extensive with the invention of language and hence of culture as we know it. At the same time he assembles the fullest study yet of religion's main component, ritual, which constructs the conceptions which we take to be religious and has been central in the making of humanity's adaptation. The text amounts to a manual for effective ritual, illustrated by examples drawn from anthropology, history, philosophy, comparative religion, and elsewhere.

    • Written by a very distinguished American anthropologist, author of several important studies
    • Emphasizes the point that just because religious and other conceptions are fabricated, it does not mean that they are not true
    • Arguably more profound than anything published in English over the last several decades and likely to reach a general intellectual readership
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    'Once in a great while there appears a book that alters the dimensions of the intellectual field to which it speaks. This is such a book. In it, the author marshals insights drawn from ethnography and ecology, the cybernetics of communication, comparative religion and semiotics to establish the centrality of ritual for what it means to be human. In clear and elegant prose, Roy Rappaport calls into question many of the ways we think about the world. The result is an intellectual adventure of the first magnitude' Eric Wolf

    'Roy Rappaport's book is an admirable blend of rich information and analytical power. It is a committed and challenging reflection on the importance of religion and the constructive power of rituals for a post-modern world, seen in the light of it pre-modern and modern history. A courageous work in a period of over specialized scholarship, I have never read such a comprehensive and penetrating treatise on rituals.' Hans Kung, Universität Tubingen

    'Invoking concepts from fields as diverse as speech-acts theory and cybernetics, Rappaport constructs one of the fullest and richest theories of ritual to be found … Roy Rappaport writes with both clarity and passion … the grandeur of Rappaport's effort to demonstrate the centrality of ritual and of religion is most impressive.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'This is a massive volume, full of great philosophical complexity and possibly the most detailed epistemological analysis of the phenomenon of rituals.' Cambridge Archaeological Journal

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    • Date Published: March 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521296908
    • length: 564 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The ritual form
    3. Self-referential messages
    4. Enactments of meaning
    5. Word and act, form and substance
    6. Time, eternity and liturgical order
    7. Intervals, eternity and communitas
    8. Simultaneity and hierarchy
    9. The idea of the sacred
    10. Sanctification
    11. Truth and order
    12. The numinous, the holy, and the divine
    12. Religion in adaptation
    13. The breaking of the holy and its salvation.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Anthropological Study of Religion
    • Art and the Human Spirit
    • Majors Seminar: Sensing the Sacred
    • Nature of religion
    • Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft
    • Witchcraft in Ages of Belief
  • Author

    Roy A. Rappaport

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