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Torsten Hylén

process of being elevated from a tragic account of a battle to a myth with its associated rituals. I have previously published a study that addressed the dating of a section of the story of the Tawwābūn. 1 Whereas in that earlier study I concentrated on the treatment of the visit of the Tawwābūn to

Swetlana Torno

as a starting point, I ask: What is the notion of the person that lies at the base of ideas and ritual practices surrounding childbirth and the socialization of infants that I encountered during fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan? How is personhood constituted in these rituals? And what type of relationships to

Anikó Sebestény and Natalie Emmons

Balinese Hindus’ Afterlife Beliefs as Stable Constructs: An Effect of High Frequency Domestic Rituals Afterlife beliefs are one of the oldest and most enduring elements of human culture, dating back at least 100,000 years (McBrearty, 2007; Mellars, 1990; Piette, 2013). While adults and even

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Alexandra Heidle and J.A.M. Snoek

Women have been structurally part of the masonic enterprise from at least the middle of the 18th century. Yet, little is known about the ways in which they themselves obtained and exercised power to influence the systems they were involved in, in order to adapt them to be more appropriate to their needs. This volume intends to concentrate on two aspects: Women’s agency (i.e. the power women gained and exercised in this context) and rituals (i.e. the role of men and women in changing and shaping the rituals women work with). These two aspects are closely related, since it requires some agency to realise changes in existing rituals.

Akinwumi Ogundiran and Adisa Ogunfolakan

institutional rituals (Aluko et al. 2006; Olupona 2011; Blier 2015; Ogundiran 2015). Many pioneering archaeologists originally treated sacred groves as pristine sites that had undergone little to no disturbance, unlike the other parts of the ancient city where rapid urban expansion of the early- to mid

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Karen M. Gerhart

Women, Rites, and Ritual Objects in Premodern Japan, edited by Karen M. Gerhart, is a multidisciplinary examination of rituals featuring women, in which significant attention is paid to objects produced for and utilized in these rites as a lens through which larger cultural concerns, such as gender politics, the female body, and the materiality of the ritual objects, are explored. The ten chapters encounter women, rites, and ritual objects in many new and interactive ways and constitute a pioneering attempt to combine ritual and gendered analysis with the study of objects.
Contributors include: Anna Andreeva, Monica Bethe, Patricia Fister, Sherry Fowler, Karen M. Gerhart, Hank Glassman, Naoko Gunji, Elizabeth Morrissey, Chari Pradel, Barbara Ruch, Elizabeth Self.

Marianna Ruah-Midbar

Portland, Oregon, October 2006. The research was supported by Zefat Academic College. An abundance of divination rituals, primarily Tarot card readings, are widespread on the Internet. The aim of this article is to examine the transition of these rituals from the physical realm to the virtual one and to

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Zbigniew Dalewski

Referring, by way of example, to the chronicler's story about a dynastic conflict in medieval Poland, this book offers an insight into the modes of using ritual as an effective tool of political action in the Middle Ages—both in the practice of political entreprising, and on the level of narrative information about that practice—and then reflects about the nature of the relationship between the reality of the written account and the reality of the practical activities described in it. It demonstrates the ways in which the reality of the narrative account and the reality of practics—ritual-in-text and ritual-in-performance—overlaid and interlaced one another, and exercised a mutual impact, thereby jointly creating a framework within which, in the earlier and high Middle Ages, political activity took place.

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Tzvi Abusch and Daniel Schwemer

Among the most important sources for understanding the cultures and systems of thought of ancient Mesopotamia is a large body of magical and medical texts written in the Sumerian and Akkadian languages. An especially significant branch of this literature centres upon witchcraft. Mesopotamian anti-witchcraft rituals and incantations attribute ill-health and misfortune to the magic machinations of witches and prescribe ceremonies, devices, and treatments for dispelling witchcraft, destroying the witch, and protecting and curing the patient. The Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-Witchcraft Rituals aims to present a reconstruction of this body of texts; it provides critical editions of the relevant rituals and prescriptions based on the study of the cuneiform tablets and fragments recovered from the libraries of ancient Mesopotamia.


"Now that we have the second volume, we the more admire the thoughtful organisation of the entire project, the strict methods followed, and the insightful observations and decisions made." Martin Stol, Bibliotheca Orientalis lxxIV n° 3-4, mei-augustus 2017

Christian H. Bull

The study of rituals and religious experience in antiquity is complicated by the fact that many of our most important sources are literary, giving us a highly abbreviated or idealized picture of how the participants would have experienced the ritual proceedings. Alternately, our non