Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

2.Ritual Interiorization and Abstract Action

Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

Clemens Cavallin [+-]
University of Gothenburg
Clemens Cavallin is Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of Department for Internationalization and Cooperation at the Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Cavallin’s research interests include Hinduism, Ritual theory and Catholic Studies. His dissertation “The Efficacy of Sacrifice” (2002) focused on Vedic sacrifices, while hissecond book, Ritualization and Human Interiority (2013) concerns ritual theory. He is presently working on a biography of the Canadian Catholic artist and author Michael O’Brien and on the project “Religion on Campus: A Study of Views on Religion at Two Indian Universities” which analyses the present situation of religious studies in India.

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Clemens Cavallin’s text takes as its point of departure the theme of interiorized ritual and its relation to changes in religious and ritual practices in early India, especially the tendency to shift focus towards the person or human being. He argues that such interiorizations of ritual practice and discourse need to be placed in a larger comparative context that is based on a theoretical model of ritualization and forms of interiorization. Cavallin employs a notion of abstract action, as formulated by Caroline Humphrey and James Laidlaw in their analysis of the Jain puja (1994). He develops a theory of the relationship between the abstraction of meaning (concepts) and of action (ritual acts) as they are connected to the religious principles of sacralization and personification.

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Cavallin, Clemens. 2.Ritual Interiorization and Abstract Action. Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 33-44 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791257. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28073. Date accessed: 25 Sep 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28073. Feb 2016

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