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Eloquent bodies : Rituals in the Context of Alleviating Suffering

Publiceringsår: 2005
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 356-394
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Numen
Volym: 52
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Brill Academic Publishers


It seems that the revitalization of traditional rituals has been an

effective way of developing a new embodiment and identity. The ability of

the Canadian Mi'kmaq Indians to rework the cultural body, historically

imposed on them by the dominant society, opens the way to weeding out

destructive patterns unconsciously or consciously embedded historically in

their bodies. The ritual opens up opportunities to explore new habitus and

to employ the body in a domain shared with like-minded peers so as to

facilitate new ways of approaching the world. The rituals thus provide

redemptive opportunities for bodies that have been disempowered by

hegemonic contexts, and simultaneously offer social affirmation of the new

way of being in the world.


  • History of Religions
  • phenomenology
  • Canadian Mi'kmaq Indians
  • embodiment
  • ritual


  • ISSN: 0029-5973

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