Homo Ritualis - Hindu Ritual and its Significance to Ritual Theory
by Axel Michaels (9780190262624)

Homo Ritualis - Hindu Ritual and its Significance to Ritual Theory
 
Axel Michaels
Format: Hardback
Pages: 400
Category: Hinduism
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190262624
ISBN-10: 0190262621



Are the richness and diversity of rituals and celebrations in South Asia unique? Can we speak of a homo ritualis when it comes to India or Hinduism? Are Indians or Hindus more involved in rituals than other people? If so, what makes them special? Homo Ritualis is the first book to present a Hindu theory of rituals. Based on extensive textual studies and field-work in Nepal and India, Axel Michaels argues that ritual is a distinctive way of acting, which, as in the theater, can be distinguished from other forms of action. The book analyzes ritual in these cultural-specific and religious contexts, taking into account how indigenous terms and theories affect and contribute to current ritual theory. It describes and investigates various forms of Hindu rituals and festivals, such as life-cycle rituals, the Vedic sacrifice, vows processions, and the worship of deities (puja). It also examines conceptual components of (Hindu) rituals such as framing, formality, modality, and theories of meaning.

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