The Power of Ritual

Casper ter Kuile, a Harvard Divinity School fellow and cohost of the popular Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast, explores how we can nourish our souls by transforming common, everyday practices—yoga, reading, walking the dog—into ...

Author: Casper ter Kuile

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780062882066

Category: Self-Help

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Casper ter Kuile, a Harvard Divinity School fellow and cohost of the popular Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast, explores how we can nourish our souls by transforming common, everyday practices—yoga, reading, walking the dog—into sacred rituals that can heal our crisis of social isolation and struggle to find purpose—a message we need more than ever for our spiritual and emotional well-being in the age of COVID-19. “After half a decade of research and hundreds of conversations with people around the country, I am convinced we are in the midst of a paradigm shift. That what used to hold us in community no longer works, and that the spiritual offerings of yesteryear no longer help us thrive.”–Casper ter Kuile What do Soul Cycle, gratitude journals, and tech breaks have in common? For ter Kuile they offer rituals that create the foundation for our modern spiritual lives. We are in crisis today. Our modern technological society has left too many of us—no matter our ages—feeling isolated and bereft of purpose. Previous frameworks for building community and finding meaning no longer support us. Yet ter Kuile reveals a hopeful new message: we might not be religious, but that doesn’t mean we are any less spiritual. Instead, we are in the midst of a paradigm shift in which we seek belonging and meaning in secular practices. Today, we find connection in: CrossFit and SoulCycle, which offer a sense of belonging rooted in accountability and support much like church groups Harry Potter and other beloved books that offer universal lessons Gratitude journals, which have replaced traditional prayer Tech breaks, which provide mindful moments of calm In The Power of Ritual, ter Kuile invites us to deepen these ordinary practices as intentional rituals that nurture connection and wellbeing. With wisdom and endearing wit, ter Kuile’s call for ritual is ultimately a call to heal our loss of connection to ourselves, to others, and to our spiritual identities. The Power of Ritual reminds us that what we already do every day matters—and has the potential to become a powerful experience of reflection, sanctuary, and meaning.

The Power of Ritual in Prehistory

One of the classic areas where the power of belief and ritual has been advanced as unconnected to economic factors has been the American Southwest (Lamphere 2000; Heitman 2016). However, Levy (1992, 1994) has clearly shown that key ...

Author: Brian Hayden

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108426398

Category: History

Page: 411

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Secret societies in tribal societies turn out to be key to understanding the origins of social inequalities and state religions.

The Power of Ritual Prayer

The Elements – Water, fire, air and earth. The elements such as Blessed Water, Salt, Oil and incense can and should be used in every ritual as they are always beneficial. They make for a better and more effective ritual.

Author: John Mullaney

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781463463816

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 108

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Found in many passages of Scripture, rituals were used by the Prophets and Angels. The occult uses rituals as a means of making their will succeed. Rituals are used in Coronations and Church Services. Most people are unaware that the simple use of numbers and words can make a profound influence on life. A Catholic one can quite easily get an idea of what is involved and the nature of ritualistic prayer by simply trying to say the Angelus three times consecutively at 6PM one evening. The Angelus is the Holy Mother’s favorite prayer and 6 PM is the time it is to be said. All one needs to do is add a little intention beforehand and one has the ingredients for a small ritual prayer, the number is three, the time it is done is 6PM and the intention. These same principals can be used by anyone and any religion to make a powerful appeal to be heard and get an answer to their prayer. It is not to be taken lightly as well might be imagined.

The Power of Discourse in Ritual Performance

tremely valuable achievements of earlier performance - oriented ritual theory , the essays in this volume variously draw on these general premises . At the same time they reflect a recent shift within performative studies at large ...

Author: Ulrich Demmer

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3825883000

Category: Social Science

Page: 220

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This volume focuses on the ways discourse is used in ritual performances as an important medium of power, enabling speakers/actors to construct, redefine and transform interpersonal relationships, cultural concepts and worldviews. The various case studies gathered here, from South Asia, South East Asia, Africa and South America, show that recent developments in linguistic anthropology, ritual theory and performance studies provide new conceptual tools to take a fresh look at these issues. The volume thus embraces both the micro level of speech activities as well as the macro level of social and political relationships and brings out the subtle workings of control, authority, and power in situations marked as ritual. Ulrich Demmer is assistant professor at the University of Munich (Germany). Martin Gaenszle is professor for Cultural History of South Asia at Vienna University (Austria).

Materialities of Ritual in the Black Atlantic

nation of power-objects in the Diaspora by referring to these materials as “strategic objects” (1983: 117). Africans adapted such strategic objects and rituals to the natural and cultural resources of the American environment, ...

Author: Akinwumi Ogundiran

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253013910

Category: History

Page: 410

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Focusing on everyday rituals, the essays in this volume look at spheres of social action and the places throughout the Atlantic world where African–descended communities have expressed their values, ideas, beliefs, and spirituality in material terms. The contributors trace the impact of encounters with the Atlantic world on African cultural formation, how entanglement with commerce, commodification, and enslavement and with colonialism, emancipation, and self-rule manifested itself in the shaping of ritual acts such as those associated with birth, death, healing, and protection. Taken as a whole, the book offers new perspectives on what the materials of rituals can tell us about the intimate processes of cultural transformation and the dynamics of the human condition.

The Interpretation of Ritual

other qualities, an overall ambivalent status; and I have noted earlier that such ambivalence is of the very essence of the power of jack and of man-juok relations with which the cult is in its special way concerned.

Author: J. S. La Fontaine

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415330251

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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First published in 1972. A revival of interest in primitive religion has been one of the most marked characteristics of British social anthropology of recent years. Inspired by the work of Audrey Richards, whose writing on ritual contains many of the insights that have been developed in later studies, this volume uses material drawn from all over Africa and Polynesia. The contributors include: Raymond Firth, Esther Goody, Aidan Southall, R.G. Abrahams, Edwin Ardener, J.S. La Fontaine, Monica Wilson, Elizabeth Bott, Edmund Leach and P.H. Gulliver.

The Power of the Sacred

In sociology, however, initially this conception was narrowed further in the sense that— in the work of Talcott Parsons— the main emphasis was on the effects of ritual on social integration, but not on the fluid processes of ritual ...

Author: Hans Joas

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190933296

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

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Disenchantment is a key term in the self-understanding of modernity. But what exactly does this concept mean? What was its original meaning when Max Weber introduced it? And can the conventional meaning or Max Weber's view really be defended, given the present state of knowledge about the history of religion? In The Power of the Sacred, Hans Joas develops the fundamentals of a new sociological theory of religion by first reconstructing existing theories, from the eighteenth century to the present. Through a critical reading and reassessment of key texts in the three empirical disciplines of history, psychology, and sociology of religion, including the works of David Hume, J.G. Herder, Friedrich Schleiermacher, William James, Emile Durkheim, and Ernst Troeltsch, Joas presents an understanding of religion that lays the groundwork for a thorough study of Max Weber's views on disenchantment. After deconstructing Weber's highly ambiguous use of the concept, Joas proposes an alternative to the narratives of disenchantment and secularization which have dominated debates on the topic. He constructs a novel interpretation that takes into account the dynamics of ever new sacralizations, their normative evaluation in the light of a universalist morality as it first emerged in the "Axial Age," and the dangers of the misuse of religion in connection with the formation of power. Built upon the human experience of self-transcendence, rather than human cognition or cultural discourses, The Power of the Sacred challenges both believers and non-believers alike to rethink the defining characteristics of Western modernity.

The Power of Legitimacy Among Nations

from becoming the unauthorized agents for precipitating crises in international relations. While this utility no doubt reinforces the rule of immunity, so, too, does the ancient and anachronistic ritual by which governments rededicate ...

Author: Thomas M. Franck

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195061789

Category: Medical

Page: 314

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Although there is no international government, and no global police agency enforces the rules, nations obey international law. In this provocative study, Franck employs a broad range of historical, legal, sociological, anthropological, political, and philosophical modes of analysis to unravel the mystery of what makes states and people perceive rules as legitimate. Demonstrating that virtually all nations obey most rules nearly all of the time, Franck reveals that the more legitimate laws and institutions appear to be, the greater is their capacity for compliance. Distilling those factors which increase the perception of legitimacy, he shows how a community of rules can be fashioned from a system of sovereign states without creating a global leviathan.

When Rituals go Wrong Mistakes Failure and the Dynamics of Ritual

If the question is raised whether the right to deviate from ritual norms represents different degrees of power, the analysis of the interviews shows that this is clearly the case. The negotiation of mistakes mirrors power-relations, ...

Author: Ute Hüsken

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047419884

Category: Religion

Page: 389

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This volume investigates the implications of breaking ritual rules, of failed performances and of the extinction of ritual systems. The essays thus break new ground in the comparative analysis of rituals and introduce new perspectives to ritual studies.

Mediating the Power of Buddhas

Broad categories of this teaching include the use of the pa ̨a, methods of purification, and so on. The linchpin of the entire ritual complex is mentioned here: the transformative power of the bodhisattva. The final clause is a general, ...

Author: Glenn Wallis

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 9780791488423

Category: Religion

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Analyzes a seventh-century ritual manual that provides both a rich source of information of medieval Buddhist life and addresses the ongoing concern of how an adherent can encounter the power of a buddha.