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Christian Symbol and Ritual: An Introduction

Bernard Cooke and Gary Macy

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195154115
eISBN:
9780199835591
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195154118.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This book introduces readers, with little or no background in Christianity, to the theology and history of Christian rituals. It opens with a brief explanation of the role of symbols in human life ... More


Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual

Nikki Bado-Fralick

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195166453
eISBN:
9780199835799
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195166450.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book offers an ethnographic study of the initiation ritual practiced by one coven of Witches located in Ohio. As a High Priestess within the coven as well as a scholar of religion, the author of ... More


Negotiating Rites

Ute Husken and Frank Neubert

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199812295
eISBN:
9780199919390
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812295.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Ritual is often seen as an undisputed and indisputable part of all sorts of traditions, religious and secular. However, a close look at ritual actions and texts points toward the fact that rituals ... More


Deliberate Heresies: New Religious Myths and Rituals as Critiques

Susan J. Palmer and David G. Bromley

in Teaching New Religious Movements

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195177299
eISBN:
9780199785537
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177299.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter argues that myth and ritual in NRMs are oppositional in nature, challenging the status quo with “deliberate heresies”. Examples from the Rajneesh, The Family, the Raelians, ... More


A Unity of Experience: Purification, Expansion, and Identity through Ritual

Joseph Epes Brown and Emily Cousins

in Teaching Spirits: Understanding Native American Religious Traditions

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195138757
eISBN:
9780199871759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195138757.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter focuses on the unity of experience in Native American religious traditions. Native American traditions stress a unity of experience. Where such traditions are still alive and spiritually ... More


Public Space to Secret Place: Initiation and the Logic of Passage

Paul Christopher Johnson

in Secrets, Gossip, and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195150582
eISBN:
9780199834358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195150589.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Shifts attention to the contemporary ritual practice of secrecy, focusing especially on initiation as a rite of passage. The chapter addresses (1) how secrecy is communicated and expressed spatially, ... More


The Initiation of the Tarmida

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195153859
eISBN:
9780199834051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Centers on the creation of the tarmida, who is a lower ranking (first‐level) Mandaean priest. The entire ritual takes 68 days and requires a set clusterings of rituals and ritual segments. The ... More


Interpretive Strategies in The Scroll of Exalted Kingship

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195153859
eISBN:
9780199834051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Along with texts such as The Great ‘First World’, the scroll of Exalted Kingship belongs to a category of Mandaean texts that might be called Mandaean priestly esoteric documents.’ Exalted Kingship ... More


The Transformative Body

Vesna A. Wallace

in The Inner Kalacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195122114
eISBN:
9780199834808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195122119.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The first part of this last chapter discusses the path of actualizing gnosis in relation to the individual. The Kālacakratantra's theory of the nature of gnosis, prāṇas (life force or life winds), ... More


Proclaiming the Faith

Colin Morris

in The Papal Monarchy: The Western Church from 1050 to 1250

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198269250
eISBN:
9780191600708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198269250.003.0020
Subject:
Religion, Church History

The struggles continued to recover Jerusalem and involved attacks on Constantinople and Egypt, without real success. Concentration began to shift towards missionary effort in Asia and Morocco. In ... More


The Canonical Heritage and the Epistemology of Theology

William J. Abraham

in Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology: From the Fathers to Feminism

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199250035
eISBN:
9780191600388
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199250030.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The early Church was correct to develop a rich canonical heritage that works effectively in the arena of Christian initiation and ongoing ministry. The Church was also right in keeping epistemology ... More


The Rites of Christian Initiation

Karen B. Westerfield Tucker

in American Methodist Worship

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195126983
eISBN:
9780199834754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019512698X.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Tensions occur when a church practices infant baptism but also expects personal faith or even an experience of conversion from its members. Methodists in America struggled theologically with the ... More


Dancing between Binary Poles: Life as a Scholar-Practitioner

Nikki Bado-Fralick

in Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195166453
eISBN:
9780199835799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195166450.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter presents the author's thoughts about Wicca and philosophy. The chapter talks about the author's initiation into the Craft, the insider/outsider dichotomy, and her study of religion and ... More


The Path toward the Circle

Nikki Bado-Fralick

in Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195166453
eISBN:
9780199835799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195166450.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on the initiation of the path towards Wicca. Topics covered include the recruitment of new members, public education and outreach, teaching the craft to those interested in ... More


Coming to the Edge of the Circle

Nikki Bado-Fralick

in Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195166453
eISBN:
9780199835799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195166450.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on the Dedicant's initiation. It discusses the screening process for potential Dedicants and the actual rite of initiation. An analysis of how the initiation ceremony continues ... More


Return to the Mountains: The Ayyappaṉ Festival in Sabarimalai, Kerala

Paul Younger

in Playing Host to Deity: Festival Religion in the South Indian Tradition

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195140446
eISBN:
9780199834907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195140443.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

One of the oldest festivals in South India is the pilgrimage to the Sabarimalai shrine of Ayyappan in the mountains of Kerala. About 10 million male devotees make this pilgrimage each December and ... More


Waking Up

Arthur J. Magida

in Opening the Doors of Wonder: Reflections on Religious Rites of Passage

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520245457
eISBN:
9780520941717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520245457.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter traces the Buddhist initiation ceremony of jukai and encapsulates Buddhism's core teachings of awareness, which sometimes instills jitteriness in initiates. People need to have a keener ... More


Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape

David A. Yamane

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199964987
eISBN:
9780199363452
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964987.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

How is religious tradition brought into modern society and transformed by modern social forces? Becoming Catholic approaches this broad question through an examination of the process by which ... More


Performing the Ancient Ones: as The Ground of Ritualized Negotiation

Nikki Bado

in Negotiating Rites

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199812295
eISBN:
9780199919390
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812295.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Initiation – traditionally understood as an isolated ritual moment with simple unilinear directional movement – is actually embedded in a long and complex multidirectional process of increasingly ... More


Ānandamayī Mā as Guru

Lisa Lassell Hallstrom

in Mother of Bliss: Anandamayi Ma (1896–1982)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195116489
eISBN:
9780199851621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116489.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

In Sanskrit, “guru” is identified with a well-respected person or a teacher. Ānandamayī Mā articulated much about how having a guru or a spiritual master and guide was essential in pursuing the ... More


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