Th e refl ections presented here demonstrate the coherence and continuity of the part of my
work that can be labeled as dealing with religion and ritual. Th is of course does not mean
that everything I have written on the subject is coherent and continuous. Indeed as time has
passed I have learned many things from my readings and experiences, from interacting with
colleagues and friends, and from working with others, including the people I have studied
and, above all, the PhD students I have supervised. As a result I have had to modify what I
thought. Looking back I believe there is an ongoing line of argument in what I have published
and this is what I attempt to clarify in what follows.