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Ritualization and Human Interiority

The word ritual often evokes images of outward social performances, whether austere physical gestures or exuberant pageants of song and dance. In Ritualization and Human Interiority, Clemens Cavallin examines the inward meaning of rituals, showing that ritual and many forms of interiorization are in fact interconnected processes providing ritual practices with a particular basic dynamism. Tying this notion into related topics, such as ritualization and modernity, Cavallin provides new insights into one of the human sciences’ central questions: the relationship between external social displays and internal personal acts.  

130 pages | 5 3/4 x 8 1/4

Religion: Religion and Society

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“Cavallin’s careful analysis of ritualization and interiority, and the subtle manner in which he manages to intertwine these seemingly contrary impulses into an inclusive, well-rounded, and theoretically informed conceptualization, produce a nuanced and insightful study of ritual that is both intriguing and relevant.”

Religious Studies Review

Table of Contents




      Some methodological remarks

Chapter 1: Ritualization

      Abstract action

      Ritualization and discourse

      Ritual action semiotics

Chapter 2: Interiorization

      Internalization and externalization

      Spiritualization and materialization

      Interiorization of ritual efficacy

      The metaphorical nature of interiority

      Interiorization of ritual performance

      Interiorization of ritual effects

      Divine interiority

Chapter 3: The Interaction of Interiorization and Ritualization

      Exteriorization – Interiorization



Chapter 4: Modernity and Deritualization


      Interiorization in a wider sense



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