The Dancers Complied, the Chicken Denied: Explorations into the Pragmatic Work of Rituals among the Dumi Rai of Eastern Nepal

Wettstein, Marion (2015). The Dancers Complied, the Chicken Denied: Explorations into the Pragmatic Work of Rituals among the Dumi Rai of Eastern Nepal. Shaman. Journal of the International Society for Shamanistic Research, 23(1/2), pp. 163-188. Molnar & Kelemen Oriental Publ

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Asking what is relevant in a ritual process and to whom, this article follows in detail a short sequence of an agricultural bhume ritual performed by the Dumi Rai of Eastern Nepal. On the basis of this example, it is suggested that moments of excitement or bewilderment among our local key partners can provide points of entry for a deeper understanding of their culture. Discussing the conceptual difference between correct and perfect ritual action, the article arrives at a pragmatic approach to the “work of ritual.” Based on the locally perceived equivalence between ritual work and other, everyday work, it is suggested to employ by analogy a notion of a ritual “working contract” between today’s living community and the ancestors who are addressed in the greatest part of rituals among the Rai.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute for the Science of Religion
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Wettstein, Marion

Subjects:

200 Religion
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1216-7827

Publisher:

Molnar & Kelemen Oriental Publ

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marion von Stockhausen-Wettstein

Date Deposited:

27 Jul 2017 16:16

Last Modified:

12 Dec 2017 09:59

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.96698

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/96698

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