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An Underworld Rite: A Pagan Re-enactment of Persephone's Descent into the Underworld


Ezzy, D, An Underworld Rite: A Pagan Re-enactment of Persephone's Descent into the Underworld, Journal of Contemporary Religion, 26, (2) pp. 245-259. ISSN 1353-7903 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13537903.2011.573338


Ritual provides an etiquette of relating to, thinking through, and emotionally responding to events and experiences that are otherwise difficult to deal with. Rituals work through embodied performances that are bound up with cultures of cognitive and somatic knowing. Ritual experiences allow participants to develop life-enhancing responses to some of the central challenges of contemporary life. This is illustrated here in a detailed account of a contemporary Pagan ritual re-enactment of Persephone's descent into the underworld. The ritual is long, theatrical, and emotionally intense, involving about 80 people who are part of an Australian Pagan festival.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Religious studies
Research Field:Religion, society and culture
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Religion
Objective Field:Religion and society
UTAS Author:Ezzy, D (Professor Douglas Ezzy)
ID Code:69917
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2011-05-24
Last Modified:2018-03-16
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