5. The Political Utility of the Past: The Case of Greek Fire-Walking Rituals

Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Vaia Touna [+-]
University of Alabama
Vaia Touna is Assistant Professor at the Department of Religious Studies at The University of Alabama, USA. Her scholarly interests range widely, from looking at specific concepts of religion in the Greco-Roman world to methodological issues concerning the study of religion in general.

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This essay discusses the northern Greek tradition of fire-walking, a practice that the Greek Orthodox Church has attempted to officially ban as inconsistent with church tradition at the same time that it insists on the legitimacy of its own set of rituals. Since there is no division of church and state in the Greek context, this makes the rhetoric of “proper religion” and “proper citizen” all the more crucial.

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Touna, Vaia. 5. The Political Utility of the Past: The Case of Greek Fire-Walking Rituals. Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781797273. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35418. Date accessed: 24 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35418. Jul 2020

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