Journals Higher Education



Published: 06 April 2016

256 Pages | 2 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199790920

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Ritual Gone Wrong

What We Learn from Ritual Disruption

Kathryn T. McClymond

Oxford Ritual Studies

  • The first scholarly work to examine in-depth how errors can affect and inform ritual
  • An interdisciplinary look at ritual through the lenses of history, religion, and anthropology
  • Features contemporary case studies, such as the execution of Saddam Hussein and the misfire of the Olympic rings at the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (in which five snowflakes were designed to transform into the Olympic rings, but one snowflake failed to perform)

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