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

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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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Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis.

DOI: doi:10.1080/13537903.2011.573338

Abstract

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:Religion and Religious Studies
Research Field:Religion and Society
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Religion and Ethics
Objective Field:Religion and Society
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:2015-02-17
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