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Teaching Ritual$
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Catherine Bell

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176452

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176452.001.0001

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 Dancing Ritual, Ritual Dancing: Experiential Teaching

 Dancing Ritual, Ritual Dancing: Experiential Teaching

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(p.45) 3 Dancing Ritual, Ritual Dancing: Experiential Teaching
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Teaching Ritual
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Sam Gill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176452.003.0005

This chapter ruminates on the formal lack of interest in both ritual and dancing. The chapter's author takes his thoughts on the university as “a Christian theological project” into a class on ritual, in which he had his students dance. From a theoretical point of view, the study of dancing and the study of ritual are very closely related. Many rituals are dance-dramas; many dances are done as ritual. Students' experience of dancing as a component to teaching ritual is easily accomplished and broadly accepted. A comparative worldwide study of ritual and ritual dancing provides a magnificent theater for the construction and examination of ritual theory.

Keywords:   ritual theory, dancing, ritual practice, teaching

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