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Anders Klostergaard Petersen

Ritual and texts

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The aim of this chapter is to examine the complex relationship between ritual and writing in the ancient world. The analysis focuses on: (1) the relationship between the actual ritual and the text that purports to describe or evoke the ritual to the intended addressees of the text; (2) the question of rhetorical persuasiveness achieved by the evocation of ritual in the minds of the intended recipients; (3) and, finally, the question of written texts which themselves may become objects of ritual.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual
EditorsRisto Uro, Juliette Day, Richard DeMaris, Rikard Roitto
Number of pages19
Place of publicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication yearOct 2018
Pages370-388
Chapter21
ISBN (print)9780198747871, 019874787X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

    Research areas

  • Indexicality, Metaphorization, Peirce, Rappaport, Ritual bridge, Ritual efficacy, Ritual theory, Symbolic communication, Text

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