Understanding Ritual Experience

Christina Taylor Beard-Moose, Ph.D.

Christina Taylor Beard-Moose, Ph.D.

Cultural systems around the world employ ritual for a score of reasons. This course uses a variety of articles from anthropological journals and books written with respect to emic understandings of the sacred and the use of ritual. We will also use video in our investigations. Students in this class are expected to look critically and closely at two major ritual types: Rites of Passage and Rites of Intensification. Through classic readings and new interpretations of rites in varying cultures, we will identify similarities and differences and look at the types of rites that are relied upon around the world. Course code T5301

Instructor: Christina Taylor Beard-Moose, Ph.D.

Class meetings: None. All communications will be on forums in online classroom.

Prerequisites: None

Required readings:

Tedlock, Barbara. The Woman in the Shaman’s Body: Reclaiming the feminine in religion and medicine. NY: Random House, 2005.

Turner, Edith. Communitas: The Anthropology of collective joy. NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.

Bell, Catherine. Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Grimes, Ronald L. Deeply Into the Bone: Re-Inventing rites of passage. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

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