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'Ritual Litter' Redressed

'Ritual Litter' Redressed (Trade Paperback / Paperback, New edition)

By Houlbrook, Ceri

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Ritual deposition is not an activity that many people in the Western world would consider themselves participants of. The enigmatic beliefs and magical thinking that led to the deposition of swords in watery places and votive statuettes in temples, for example, may feel irrelevan...t to the modern day. However, it could be argued that ritual deposition is a more widespread feature now than in the past, with folk assemblages - from roadside memorials and love-lock bridges, to wishing fountains and coin-trees - emerging prolifically worldwide. Despite these assemblages being as much the result of ritual activity as historically deposited objects, they are rarely given the same academic attention or heritage status. As well as exploring the nature of ritual deposition in the contemporary West, and the beliefs and symbolisms behind various assemblages, this Element explores the heritage of the modern-day deposit, promoting a renegotiation of the pejorative term 'ritual litter'.
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ISBN 9781108949644
Released NZ 31 Jul 2022
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New edition
Series Elements in Magic
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ISBN-13 9781108949644
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Imprint Cambridge University Press
Released 31 Jul 2022
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Houlbrook, Ceri
Series Elements in Magic
Category Religion & Beliefs
Occult Studies
Myths & Mythology
The Occult
Number of Pages 75
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 4mm
Dewey Code 306.4
Weight 118g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Manners and customs - History - 20th century, Manners and customs - History - 21st century, Wishing wells, Fountains, Trees - Symbolic aspects
NBS Text Religion: Comparative, General & Reference
ONIX Text General/trade