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The Craft of Ritual Studies$

Ronald L. Grimes

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301427

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301427.001.0001

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Appendix 3: Types of Ritual

Appendix 3: Types of Ritual

Source:
The Craft of Ritual Studies
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

This is a further revision of the original Journal of Ritual Studies type codes.

  1. 1. Rites of passage [based on life-stage scenarios]

    1. A. birth, birthdays, couvade, naming

    2. B. circumcision, clitoridectomy, subincision

    3. C. puberty, initiation

    4. D. weddings, kin-making

    5. E. funerals, mourning

  2. 2. Seasonal rites

    1. A. new year

    2. B. solstices, equinoxes

    3. C. harvest

    4. D. spring

  3. 3. Status conferral rites

    1. A. ordination

    2. B. coronation, knighting, enthronement

    3. C. initiation into orders and societies

  4. 4. Status maintenance rites [interaction rites]

    1. A. handshaking

    2. B. bowing, deference

    3. C. decorum, etiquette

  5. 5. Status reversal rites

    1. A. clowning, obscenity, joking

    2. B. annulment

    3. C. defrocking

    4. D. excommunication

    5. E. deconsecration

  6. 6. Celebration rites

    1. A. feasts

    2. B. displays, shows

    3. C. festivals

    4. D. carnivals

    5. E. entertainment rites, ritual drama, pageants

  7. 7. Rites of mobility

    1. A. greeting, departing

    2. B. pilgrimage

    3. C. procession

    4. D. parade

    5. E. quest

  8. 8. Purification rites

    1. A. fasts

    2. B. baptism, baths

    3. C. confession

    4. D. avoidance, taboo

    5. E. sweating, vomiting

  9. 9. Rites of exchange

    1. A. offerings, trade

    2. B. gift-giving

    3. C. meal-taking

    4. D. propitiation

    5. E. potlatch

    6. F. currency usage

    7. G. cargo system rites

  10. 10. Sacrificial rites

    1. A. decapitation, execution

    2. B. cannibalism

    3. C. ritual warfare

    4. D. atonement

  11. 11. Agonistic rites

    1. A. contests, races

    2. B. games

    3. C. ritual warfare

    4. D. protest marches, picketing, civil disobedience

  12. 12. Consecration rites

    1. A. hallowing objects

    2. B. sanctifying spaces

    3. C. dedicating buildings

  13. 13. Ceremony [civil and legal rites]

    1. A. courtroom procedures [or other rules of order]

    2. B. ceremonies of surrender or reduction

    3. C. coronation, knighting

    4. D. inauguration, impeachment

  14. 14. Commemoration

    1. A. remembering ancestors

    2. B. remembering historic events

    3. C. remembering mythic events or origins

  15. 15. Mystical rites [inducing altered states of consciousness]

    1. A. possession

    2. B. trance

    3. C. meditation

    4. D. psychotropic ingestion

    5. E. dream incubation

    6. F. vision quest

  16. 16. Magical rites

    1. A. healing

    2. B. divining, oracles

    3. C. cursing, sorcery

    4. D. conjuring

    5. E. exorcism

    6. F. hunting

    7. G. fertility liturgy

    8. H. prayer

    9. I. thanksgiving

    10. J. praise

    11. K. singing, chanting

    12. L. domestic devotions

    13. M. preaching, oratory

  17. 17. Ritual drama

    1. A. entertainment rites

    2. B. pageants

    3. C. liturgical, or chancel, drama

    4. D. mystery and morality plays

  18. 18. “New” rites

    1. A. ritual experiment

    2. A. aesthetics rites