The archetypal actions of ritual: a theory of ritual illustrated by the Jain rite of worship
Humphrey and Laidlaw present a new and radical general theory of ritual by drawing on an ethnographically rich account of the ritual worship of the Jains of western India. Ritual, they argue, is not a logically separate type of activity, but rather a quality that can be attributed to a wide range of everyday activities. In exploring the issue of what is distinctive about actions which are ritualized, this book makes an ambitious and controversial contribution to social and religious anthropology.
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Jainism and the Puja Ritual
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abhishek actor anointing anthropologists archetypal argue arti ascetic attitude Banarsi bathing bhav body Brahmin Buddhist celebrant Chapter communication constitutive contexts culture Dadabari temple darshan deities describe Digambar discussion distinction effect emergent moods enactment everyday example fact flower puja fly-whisk formal fruit give given gunasthana guru-dev himsa Hindu Hinduism idea individual interpretations Jain puja Jain religious Jain temples Jainism Jaipur Jina Jina idol Kanji Swami karma Khartar Gacch kind lamp language lay Jains linguistic liturgical meditation movement non-ritual objects observer offerings one's panc-kalyanak particular perform puja perhaps possible practice prakshal prayers prescribed pujari purposes Rajasthan recite reform religion rice rite ritual action ritual acts rules sacrifice sandalwood sandalwood paste Sanskrit seems sense sequence shramana shrine Shvetambar social soul spiritual statue Sthanakvasi stipulated suggest swastika symbolic Terapanth texts theory things thought tion Tirthankar traditions understanding vandan Vedic words worship