Crafting Secular Ritual

Crafting Secular Ritual
Author: Jeltje Gordon-Lennox
Publsiher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2016-11-21
ISBN 10: 1784503509
ISBN 13: 9781784503505
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Crafting Secular Ritual Book Review:

Answering the call for new rituals in our secular age, this book recognises the essential importance of rituals to the psychological, physical and spiritual health of individuals, families, organisations, and society as a whole. The book examines and explains the history, function and place of emerging rituals in different cultures, as well as providing practical guidance for creating your own secular rituals. The author includes examples, risk factors and checklists for the stages of planning new rituals for life events such as birth, marriage, and death, as well as for public occasions such as graduation and protest marches.

Emerging Ritual in Secular Societies

Emerging Ritual in Secular Societies
Author: Jeltje Gordon-Lennox
Publsiher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2017-02-21
ISBN 10: 1784503444
ISBN 13: 9781784503444
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Emerging Ritual in Secular Societies Book Review:

The growing absence of meaningful ritual in contemporary Western societies has led to cohesive research on the history of ritualizing behaviour in different cultures. The relatively new field of ritology, which includes neuroscience, anthropology, cultural psychology, psychotherapy and even art and performance, raises questions about the significance and practice of ritual today. This book is the first of its kind to discuss the importance of secular rituals for cultural and personal growth. Using a transdisciplinary approach, a range of contributors provide an authoritative account of the science and history of rituals and their role in creating healthy societies in the modern age.

Secular Bodies Affects and Emotions

Secular Bodies  Affects and Emotions
Author: Monique Scheer,Nadia Fadil,Birgitte Schepelern Johansen
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2019-01-10
ISBN 10: 1350065234
ISBN 13: 9781350065239
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secular Bodies Affects and Emotions Book Review:

This book is available as open access through the Bloomsbury Open Access programme and is available on www.bloomsburycollections.com Taking its cue from the study of 'lived religion', Secular Bodies, Affects and Emotions shows how the idea of a secular public is equally marked by a display and cultivation of affect and emotions. Whereas it is widely agreed that religion is often saturated by emotion, the secular is usually treated as a neutral background serving as the domain of public, rational deliberation. This book demonstrates that secularity and secularism are also upheld by bodily practices and emotional attachments. Drawing on empirical case studies, this is the first book to ask and explore whether a secular body exists. Building on the work of Talal Asad, the book argues that the secular is not an absence of religion, but a positive entity that comes about through its co-constitutive relationship with religion. And, once we attune ourselves to recognizing its operations as grammar which structures social practice, writing an anthropology of the secular could become a new possibility.

The Mouse and the Myth

The Mouse and the Myth
Author: Dorene Koehler
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 189
Release: 2017-04-24
ISBN 10: 0861969324
ISBN 13: 9780861969326
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mouse and the Myth Book Review:

Rituals mark significant moments in our livesperhaps none more significant than moments of lightheartedness, joy, and play. The rituals that bond humanity create our most transcendent experiences and meaningful memories. Rituals of play are among the most sacred of any of the rites in which humanity may engage. Although we may fail to recognize rituals of play, they are always present in culture, providing a kind of psychological release for their participants, child and adult alike. Ritual is central to storytelling. Story and practice are symbiotic. Their relationship reflects the vitality of the soul. Disneyland is an example of the kind of container necessary for the construction of rituals of play. This work explores the original Disney theme park in Anaheim as a temple cult. It challenges the disciplines of mythological studies, religious studies, film studies, and depth psychology to broaden traditional definitions of the kind of cultural apparatus that constitute temple culture and ritual. It does so by suggesting that Hollywoods entertainment industry has developed a platform for mythic ritual. After setting the ritualized "stage", this book turns to the practices in Disneyland proper, analyzing the patrons traditions within the framework of the park and beyond. It explores Disneylands spectacles, through selected shows and parades, and concludes with an exploration of the parks participation in ritual renewal.

Crafting Meaningful Wedding Rituals

Crafting Meaningful Wedding Rituals
Author: Jeltje Gordon-Lennox
Publsiher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2019-07-18
ISBN 10: 1784507431
ISBN 13: 9781784507435
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Crafting Meaningful Wedding Rituals Book Review:

The trend towards a more secular culture in Western society means that there can be greater flexibility in a wedding ceremony, but couples are often faced with the challenge of preparing a meaningful celebration outside the traditional religious framework. This hands-on, practical guide demonstrates how to approach and prepare a secular wedding ceremony that honours a couple's relationship with honest vows and rituals true to their shared values. In addition, it provides guidance on structuring a ceremony for couples that come from very different cultural or spiritual backgrounds. Includes the tools necessary for the creation of a ceremony, such as a Ritual Identity Questionnaire, checklists, and many other resources.

The Craft of Ritual Studies

The Craft of Ritual Studies
Author: Ronald L. Grimes
Publsiher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Total Pages: 414
Release: 2014
ISBN 10: 0195301420
ISBN 13: 9780195301427
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Craft of Ritual Studies Book Review:

Readership: Students and scholars of ritual studies, religious studies, anthropology

Crafting Meaningful Funeral Rituals

Crafting Meaningful Funeral Rituals
Author: Jeltje Gordon-Lennox
Publsiher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2019-11-21
ISBN 10: 1784507466
ISBN 13: 9781784507466
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Crafting Meaningful Funeral Rituals Book Review:

Funerals are among the most important life events in Western society, and fashioning a personalized ceremony for yourself or for a loved one is often the most meaningful way to celebrate the life of the deceased. For those wanting non-religious or secular funeral ceremonies, this step-by-step guide begins by identifying what you want from the funeral and showing how you can make it happen. With sections on society's views of mortality, our need for rituals and crafting the actual ceremony, this guide provides the tools and philosophy to understand, plan and tailor a funeral for individuals. Includes all the tools necessary for the creation of a ceremony, such as a Ritual Profiles, checklists, and many other handy resources.

Spell Crafts

Spell Crafts
Author: Scott Cunningham,David Harrington
Publsiher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Total Pages: 201
Release: 2002-09
ISBN 10: 9780875421858
ISBN 13: 0875421857
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spell Crafts Book Review:

Spell Crafts Take a look at your hands. See them as wondrous vehicles of power. Feel the energy that flows through everything you do. Tap into that power! Carve a symbol, dip a candle, mix fragrant herbs, sculpt clay, and make your life all that you want it to be. When crafts are used to create objects intended for ritual or to symbolize the divine, the connection between the craftsperson and divinity grows more intense. This second edition of Spell Crafts, the much-loved and oft-read guide to magical handwork, features new illustrations and a new preface by David Harrington. Learn how to create and use all of the following: - magical simmering potpourris - a beaded psychic mandala - clay pentacles, plaques, and runic dice - a shaman''s arrow - sand paintings - Corn Mother - a magical spell broom - protective hex sign - Witch bottles - flower garlands - spell banner - magic mirror - prosperity trivet - wheat weaving

Rituals for Work

Rituals for Work
Author: Kursat Ozenc,Margaret Hagan
Publsiher: Wiley
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2019-04-09
ISBN 10: 1119530784
ISBN 13: 9781119530787
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rituals for Work Book Review:

Experience the transformative power of creative rituals in the workplace Rituals for Work shows us how creative rituals can make our personal and business lives more meaningful and rewarding. Rituals are powerful tools: they reinforce good habits, motivate personal and professional achievement, create a common bond between co-workers and build shared values; they can transform an organization’s culture and provide a foundation to achieve common goals. Focusing on real-world examples, this book takes a practical approach to the power and benefits of workplace rituals. This insightful guide presents 50 creative rituals, from business and management to design and personal development. Specific case studies highlight the use of rituals and their positive impact to real-world organizations, while vivid visuals allow us to feel their energy and emotion. A ritual is only effective when its purpose is clearly defined. This book goes beyond simple analysis to provide actual recipes for individual rituals designed to promote specific habits, change negative behaviors, and instill values. Each ritual can be adapted to achieve a multitude of goals and tailored to fit your organization or team’s specific needs. ● Change behaviors, form positive habits, and assign meaning to shared goals ● Build shared values, foster innovation, and encourage strong teamwork ● Deal with conflicts effectively and engage others to work on resolutions ● Learn the fundamental concepts of ritual-building and share your knowledge with your team An informative and inspirational resource for executives, managers, team leaders, and employees of every level, Rituals for Work provides a blueprint for building a culture of engagement, innovation, and shared purpose for organizations of all sizes, across industries.

Religion Ritual and Ritualistic Objects

Religion  Ritual and Ritualistic Objects
Author: Albertina (Tineke) Nugteren
Publsiher: MDPI
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2019-04-23
ISBN 10: 3038977527
ISBN 13: 9783038977520
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion Ritual and Ritualistic Objects Book Review:

This is a volume about the life and power of ritual objects in their religious ritual settings. In this Special Issue, we see a wide range of contributions on material culture and ritual practices across religions. By focusing on the dynamic interrelations between objects, ritual, and belief, it explores how religion happens through symbolic materiality. The ritual objects presented in this volume include: masks worn in the Dogon dance; antique ecclesiastical silver objects carried around in festive processions and shown in shrines in the southern Andes; funerary photographs and films functioning as mnemonic objects for grieving children; a dented rock surface perceived to be the god’s footprint in the archaic place of pilgrimage, Gaya (India); a recovered manual of rituals (from Xiapu county) for Mani, the founder of Manichaeism, juxtaposed to a Manichaean painting from southern China; sacred stories and related sacred stones in the Alor–Pantar archipelago, Indonesia; lotus symbolism, indicating immortalizing plants in the mythic traditions of Egypt, the Levant, and Mesopotamia; lavishly illustrated variations of portrayals of Ravana, a Sinhalese god-king-demon; figurines made of cow dung sculptured by rural women in Rajasthan (India); and mythical artifacts called ‘Apples of Eden’ in a well-known interactive game series.

The Restorative Justice Ritual

The Restorative Justice Ritual
Author: Lindsey Pointer
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2020-12-24
ISBN 10: 1000331873
ISBN 13: 9781000331875
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Restorative Justice Ritual Book Review:

Restorative justice is an innovative approach to responding to crime and conflict that shifts the focus away from laws and punishment to instead consider the harm caused and what is needed to repair that harm and make things right. Interest in restorative justice is rapidly expanding, with new applications continuously emerging around the world. The restorative philosophy and conference process have shown great promise in providing a justice response that heals individuals and strengthens the community. Still, a few key questions remain unanswered. First, how is the personal and relational transformation apparent in the restorative justice process achieved? What can be done to safeguard and enhance that effectiveness? Second, can restorative justice satisfy the wider public’s need for a reaffirmation of communal norms following a crime, particularly in comparison to the criminal trial? And finally, given its primary focus on making amends at an interpersonal level, does restorative justice routinely fail to address larger, structural injustices? This book engages with these three critical questions through an understanding of restorative justice as a ritual. It proffers three dominant ritual functions related to the performance of justice: the normative, the transformative, and the proleptic. Two justice rituals, namely, the criminal trial and the restorative justice conference, are examined through this framework in order to understand how each process fulfills, or fails to fulfill, the multifaceted human need for justice. The book will be of interest to students, academics, and practitioners working in the areas of Restorative Justice, Criminal Law, and Criminology.

Desiring the Kingdom Cultural Liturgies

Desiring the Kingdom  Cultural Liturgies
Author: James K. A. Smith
Publsiher: Baker Academic
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2009-08-01
ISBN 10: 9781441211262
ISBN 13: 1441211268
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Desiring the Kingdom Cultural Liturgies Book Review:

Malls, stadiums, and universities are actually liturgical structures that influence and shape our thoughts and affections. Humans--as Augustine noted--are "desiring agents," full of longings and passions; in brief, we are what we love. James K. A. Smith focuses on the themes of liturgy and desire in Desiring the Kingdom, the first book in what will be a three-volume set on the theology of culture. He redirects our yearnings to focus on the greatest good: God. Ultimately, Smith seeks to re-vision education through the process and practice of worship. Students of philosophy, theology, worldview, and culture will welcome Desiring the Kingdom, as will those involved in ministry and other interested readers.

The Spirituality of Wine

The Spirituality of Wine
Author: Gisela H. Kreglinger
Publsiher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Total Pages: 282
Release: 2016
ISBN 10: 0802867898
ISBN 13: 9780802867896
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Spirituality of Wine Book Review:

Wine serves an important role both in Scripture and in the Christian church, but its significance has received relatively little theological attention in modern times. This book fills that gap. Viewing wine as a gift of God's created bounty and as a special symbol used pervasively throughout Scripture, Kreglinger canvasses the history of wine in the church, particularly its use in the Lord's Supper, discusses the fascinating process of winemaking, and considers both the health benefits of wine and the dangers of alcohol abuse. Offering a vision of the Christian life that sees God in all things - including the work of a vintner and the enjoyment of a well crafted glass of wine.

Craft in America

Craft in America
Author: Jo Lauria,Steve Fenton
Publsiher: Potter Style
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 0307346471
ISBN 13: 9780307346476
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Craft in America Book Review:

Highlighted by two hundred full-color photographs, a celebration of American crafts and decorative arts and the artists who create them showcases masterpieces of furniture, wood, ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry, metal, and basketry from the past two centuries, along with a look at how craft has shaped American history, arts, vitality, and identity. 25,000 first printing.

New Ritual Society

New Ritual Society
Author: Gianpiero Vincenzo
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 205
Release: 2018-07-27
ISBN 10: 1527514889
ISBN 13: 9781527514881
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

New Ritual Society Book Review:

Consumerism has established itself as a dominant lifestyle, but the reasons behind this are often unclear. This study revisits a large amount of diverse research, and argues that consumerism is a powerful ritual “machine” that can make up for the modern lack of values with new symbols and rituals. Consumerism made its claim between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, when the traditional symbolic world had ended and a new one had not yet emerged. Slowly but progressively, consumerism begun to develop new symbolic forms and new social rituals, becoming the basis for new mimetic behaviours. As nationalism has progressively declined, consumerism has permeated the entire social fabric. Supermarkets and shopping malls must be interpreted in the light of their ritual significance, as temples and holy cities of a new symbolic order. In the consumeristic era, many people are led to think and imagine in consumer terms, to identify themselves through consumption rituals. The impact of consumerism on culture, from literature to art, should not be underestimated. Many artists have tried to develop their aesthetics by triggering a dialectical, or openly critical, confrontation with consumerism. This book also takes into account the development of violence and the effects of consumerism on childhood and new generations. The book contains a preface by the German anthropologist Christoph Wulf, and the images illustrating the text are by Belgian artist Michel Couturier.

Text and Authority in the South African Nazaretha Church

Text and Authority in the South African Nazaretha Church
Author: Joel Cabrita
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 418
Release: 2014-04-24
ISBN 10: 1107054435
ISBN 13: 9781107054431
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Text and Authority in the South African Nazaretha Church Book Review:

This book tells the story of one of the largest and most influential African churches in South Africa.

The Dangers of Ritual

The Dangers of Ritual
Author: Philippe Buc
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2021-07-13
ISBN 10: 1400832497
ISBN 13: 9781400832491
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dangers of Ritual Book Review:

Central to current understandings of medieval history is the concept of political ritual, encompassing events from coronations to funerals, entries into cities, civic games, banquets, hunting, acts of submission or commendation, and more. ''Ritual?'' asks Philippe Buc. In The Dangers of Ritual he boldly argues that the concept shouldn't be so central after all. Modern-day scholars, gently seduced by twentieth-century theories of ritual, often misinterpret medieval documents that ostensibly describe such events, in part because they fail to appreciate the intentions behind them. The book begins with four case studies whose arrangement--backward from texts on tenth-century kingship to fourth-century representations of Christian martyrdom--allows for the line of development to be peeled back layer by layer. It then turns to an analysis of the formation of the intellectual traditions that contemporary historians have employed to interpret medieval documents. Tracing the emergence of the concept of ritual from the Reformation to the mid-twentieth century, Buc highlights the continuities yet also the profound transformations between the early medieval understandings and our own, social-scientific models. Medieval historians will find this book an indispensable resource for its insights into methodological issues crucial to their discipline. As Buc demonstrates, only rigorous attention to the contexts within which authors worked can allow us to reconstruct from medieval documents how ''rituals'' might have functioned. Ultimately, he argues, too swift an application of contemporary models to highly complex textual artifacts blinds us to the specificities of early medieval European political culture.

Media and Ritual

Media and Ritual
Author: Johanna Sumiala
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 141
Release: 2013
ISBN 10: 0415684323
ISBN 13: 9780415684323
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Media and Ritual Book Review:

This wide-ranging and accessible book offers a stimulating introduction to the field of media anthropology and the study of religious ritual. Johanna Sumiala explores the interweaving of rituals, communication and community. She uses the tools of anthropological enquiry to examine a variety of media events, including the death of Michael Jackson, a royal wedding and the transgressive actions which took place in Abu Ghraib, and to understand the inner significance of the media coverage of such events. The book deals with theories of ritual, media as ritual including reception, production and representation, and rituals of death in the media. It will be invaluable to students and scholars alike across media, religion and anthropology.

Handfasting and Wedding Rituals

Handfasting and Wedding Rituals
Author: Raven Kaldera,Tannin Schwartzstein
Publsiher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 9780738704708
ISBN 13: 0738704709
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handfasting and Wedding Rituals Book Review:

An overview of wedding rituals for neopagans features ceremonies inspired by a wide range of influences, mythological love stories, and belief systems, including interfaith ceremonies allowing for just about any combination of religions, and tips on finding officiates, suggested readings, and more.

Worship and Social Engagement in Urban Aboriginal led Australian Pentecostal Congregations

Worship and Social Engagement in Urban Aboriginal led Australian Pentecostal Congregations
Author: Tanya Riches
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 324
Release: 2019-05-15
ISBN 10: 9004400273
ISBN 13: 9789004400276
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Worship and Social Engagement in Urban Aboriginal led Australian Pentecostal Congregations Book Review:

Worship and Social Engagement in Urban Aboriginal-led Australian Pentecostal Congregations: (Re)imagining Identity in the Spirit conducts ethnographic research into three Australian Pentecostal congregations with Aboriginal senior leadership pastor couples.