|Credits: 4||Max Enrollment: 20|
|Course Type: Colloq||Section Enrollment: 9|
|Waitlist Count: 0|
|Reserved Seats: No|
|Time/Location: T Th 2:45 PM-4:00 PM / SEELYE 105|
A central feature of religious traditions and lived religious experience, ritual is often thought of as repetitive, unchanging, and prescriptive. Yet, enacted rituals are often open-ended and allow considerable room for creativity and innovation. Through embodied action and symbolic drama, rituals serve complex functions of making meaning, deepening spirituality, performing cultural identity, and advocating for social change. In this course, students will study various theories of ritual and examine ritual practices (religious and secular) in diverse traditions and societies. For their final project, students will themselves participate in the process of ritualizing--that is, crafting new rituals.
|Linked Course: No|
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