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Jens Kreinath and Refika Sariönder

in both its constitutive parts and overall design, ranging from the modes of performance and participation to the intended audiences. As a response to different audiences in the environs of cities like Istanbul, there have been some collective

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Doing Ritual While Thinking about It?

Emma Gobin

reflexivity’ and the role they play in the formal economy of ritual performance have remained largely unexamined. In drawing on various empirical case studies to address these issues, this collection of articles proceeds from the idea that the reflexive

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The Religious Foundations of Capoeira Angola

The Cosmopolitics of an Apparently Non-religious Practice

Sergio González Varela

circle called a roda ( Lewis 1992 ). Other capoeira players typically help the audience form the circle, and advanced practitioners are the ones in charge of playing the live music that accompanies the performance. Depending on styles, different

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Assessing and Adapting Rituals That Reproduce a Collectivity

The Large-Scale Rituals of the Repkong Tantrists in Tibet

Nicolas Sihlé

In discussions on processes of ritual assessment and modification, the rituals examined are most often of a ‘performance-centered’ nature. 1 I am drawing here on Atkinson’s (1989: 14–15) useful distinction between ‘liturgy-centered’ and

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Performing Religion

Ruy Llera Blanes, Sondra L. Hausner, and Simon Coleman

upon the social sciences of religion, without, however, losing interest in performing. Those reminiscences are somewhat of a motto for what we find in this volume of Religion and Society : texts concerned with the performance of religion in society

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Steven Brooke, Dafne Accoroni, Olga Ulturgasheva, Anastasios Panagiotopoulos, Eugenia Roussou, Francesco Vacchiano, Jeffrey D. Howison, Susan Greenwood, Yvonne Daniel, Joana Bahia, Gloria Goodwin Raheja, Charles Lincoln Vaughan, Katrien Pype, and Linda van de Kamp

often involuntary spiritual call, they have channeled their shamanic potential into their medical profession, poetry, songs, theatrical performances, film directing, or even political and academic careers. Notwithstanding the discussion about whether

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violent struggles over religion and resistance to tourist intrusion; inter-religious engagement; religion, tourism, landscape and performance; and thanatourism and pilgrimage to sites of suffering. Books will cover exciting new work from both established

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Erick White

life but also documented (although less prominently) within the ethnographic literature ( White 2014: 35–132 ). Thus, there exists possession as playful entertainment. This type of possession is characterized by collective, public performances of

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Around Abby Day’s Believing in Belonging

Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World

Christopher R. Cotter, Grace Davie, James A. Beckford, Saliha Chattoo, Mia Lövheim, Manuel A. Vásquez, and Abby Day

with their death; and (4) census and survey questions about religion produce unreliable guides to belief and/or identities. Nevertheless, there is one thing that puzzles me about Abby’s approach to the performance of belief in belonging. This is the

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The Death Throes of Sacrificed Chicken

Triggering Critical Reflexive Stances on Ritual Action in Togo

Marie Daugey

the expected outcome of the rite and the perceptions of what an ideal performance should be, but also for grasping some aspects of the social dynamics ( Chao 1999 ; Geertz 1957 ) and certain properties of ritual action ( Bonhomme 2008 ; Hüsken 2007