Rituals and Traditional Events in the Modern World
Edited by Jennifer Laing, Warwick Frost
Routledge – 2014 – 240 pages
Many events have evolved over centuries, drawing on local customs and conditions. The rituals underpinning events transcend borders, cultures, and eras. Examples include rites of passage that mark the transition across important life stages, rites of reversal, where social roles are subverted, rites of purification, which cleanse participants of sin and purge the conscience and rites of consumption, where over-indulgence is encouraged, and even expected of participants. They are accompanied by traditions or customs, which help us to enact the underlying rituals and pass them on to successive generations However, as the world becomes increasingly globalised, traditional events and the identities they support are increasingly being challenged and rituals may be lost. Reacting against this trend towards homogeneity, communities strive to preserve and even recreate their traditional events, which may require rituals to be resurrected or reinvented for a new audience.
This edited book explores the performance of ritual through events, including their historical antecedents and development over time, as well as their role in society, link with identity and continued relevance. The book examines both traditional and modern events, as well as the creation of new rituals within events. It does so by looking at a wide variety of international events, including iconic examples such as Chinese New Year, Hogmanay and the New Orleans Mardi Gras. Case studies are drawn from a diverse range of countries such as South Korea, China, Laos, the United States, Scotland, Italy, India and Haiti.
This volume provides a deep understanding upon the role of tradition and ritual within events, from a global perspective and will be valuable reading for students, researchers and academics interested in events, heritage and culture.
1. Ritual Structure and Traditions of Events Part 1: Ritual Elements of Traditional Events 2. Hogmanay and Paganism: Scotland’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations 3. Rites and Local Identity in Mamoiada, Sardinia 4. ‘Wishing You Health, Wealth, Success and Happiness’: Exploring the Rituals and Traditions of Chinese New Year 5. Re-working of Tradition: The Case of the Tamnaguk Ipchun Gutnori on Jeju Island, South Korea 6. Mardi Gras Indians: Rituals of Resistance and Resilience in Changing Times 7. Catholic Processions in Macau 8. Easter Rites in Sardinia: S’Incontru, Exploring Events Tourism in a Small Rural Community 9. Recreation of Traditional Ritual into Festival: The Case of the Gangneung Danoje Festival in South Korea 10. Ganesh Festival: A Ten-Day Extravaganza; A Life Full of Meanings 11. Tea for Christmas: Cosmopolitan Imaginings in a Third Tier City in Southwest China 12. Voodoo in Haiti – A Religious Ceremony at the Service of the ‘Hougan’ Called ‘Tourism’ Part 2: Traditional Rituals within Modern Events 13. Underlying Tension in a Contemporary Reinterpretation of an Ancient Rite: The Beltane Fire Festival, Edinburgh 14. Reinvented Tradition: Performing Wedding Ritual in Lijiang, China 15. Punishment and the Rite of Purification at the Angola Prison Rodeo Part 3: New Rituals and Future Challenges 16. The Complex Interface Between Local Ritual and Tourism in Luang Prabang Laos 17. Security and Meta-Ritual: Performing a Vision of Social Order 18. The Future for Ritual and Traditional Events in a Modern World