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Homo Ritualis: Hindu Ritual and Its Significance to Ritual Theory

Axel Michaels


Is the richness and diversity of rituals and celebrations in South Asia unique? Can we speak of a homo ritualis when it comes to India or Hinduism? Are Indians or Hindus more involved in rituals than other people? And if so, what makes them special? This book tries to answer such questions. It is primarily a study of rituals at work in a cultural-specific and religious context considering indigenous terms and theories of ritual, but it also aims at contributing to ritual theory in general. Based on extensive text studies and fieldwork in Nepal and India, it is argued that ritual is a distinct ... More

Keywords: ritual, action, Hinduism, India, Nepal, agency, grammar, life-cycle rituals, sacrifice, worship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190262624
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190262624.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Axel Michaels, author
Professor of Classical Indology, University of Heidelberg