Topic #5 - Illness and the ritual management of misfortune...

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12/2/10 Illness and the ritual management of misfortune
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12/2/10 Ritual Rituals are a feature of all human societies. They are an important part of the way that any social group celebrates, maintains, and renews the world in which it lives. They also allow social groups to deal with the dangers and uncertainties that threaten its world.
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12/2/10 What is ritual? Anthropologists define ritual in a number of ways. Rituals have important social, psychological, and symbolic dimensions. . A key characteristic is that ritual is a form of repetitive behavior that does not have a direct, overt effect.
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12/2/10 Brushing Teeth
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12/2/10 Brushing Teeth is a form of ritual, especially when we “always” have to use a certain color toothbrush or brush the teeth in a certain order. In general, though, “private” ritual behavior is of less interest to anthropologists than public rituals. Loudon describes public rituals as prescribed and formal behavior which has not direct technological consequences and which are
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12/2/10 That is, ‘the behavior or actions say something about the state of affairs, particularly about the social conditions of those taking part in the ritual.’ Rituals both express and renew certain basic values of society, especially those between people, people and nature, and between people and the supernatural world. These relationships are integral to
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12/2/10 According to Victor turner, “ritual is a periodic restatement of the terms in which men of a particular culture must interact if there is to be any kind of coherent social life.” Turner sees two basic functions of ritual: Expressive: “portrays in a symbolic form the key values and cultural orientations.” According to this form, it portrays in
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2010 for the course ANTHROP[OL 1101 taught by Professor Marris during the Spring '10 term at Averett Unversity.

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Topic #5 - Illness and the ritual management of misfortune...

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