3.3 On Ritual



Issue Editor: Günter Berghaus

ISBN: 978-0-415-18203

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On Ritual examines a range of performative practices from both the historical and contemporary repertoire. It will explore systematic connections between ritual and theatre, present the work of contemporary artists, and reflect on the role and meaning of ritual for theatrical purposes in the late twentieth century. The issue will also look at ritualism in the interstices of painting, music and theatre, the role of rituals for personal and social identity, and the antithesis of healing rituals and rituals of death.


Richard Gough

pp. v – vi

Preface and Editorial
Günter Berghaus

pp. vii

On Origins: Behind the Rituals
David George

pp. 1 – 15

Shamanism in Britain Today
Graham Harvey

pp. 16 – 24

The Aztec Ritual Sacrifices
Mutsumi Izeki

pp. 25 – 32

Sadomedicine: Bob Flanagan’s ‘Visiting Hours’ and Last Rites
Linda S. Kauffman

pp. 33 – 41

Mental Illness as Ritual Theatre
Roland Littlewood

pp. 42 – 53

Mythological and Ritual Theatre in Cuba
Inés María Martiatu Terry

pp. 54 – 60

A Sense of Wonder
Gordon MacLellan

pp. 61 – 64

Ritual and Crisis: Survival techniques of humans and other animals
Günter Berghaus

pp. 65 – 73

The Camera as Catalyst: Photography as a form of ritual theatre [artist’s pages]
Grace Lau

pp. 74 – 77

Mandala Meaning and Method: Ritual delineation of sacred space in tantric buddhism
Martin J. Boord

pp. 78 – 85

Grotowski’s Art as Vehicle: The invention of an esoteric tradition
Lisa Wolford

pp. 86 – 96

The Performance of Pain
Ted Polhemus

pp. 97 – 104

The Serpent’s Song: Ritual performances of the Kaxinawá in the Amazon forest
Cláudia Neiva de Matos

pp. 105 – 112

Diary of an Imaginal Navigation [artist’s pages]
Maria de Marias

pp. 113 – 116

Book Reviews
Graham Ley, Daniel C. Noel, Günter Berghaus

pp. 117 – 129

Archive Review
Hanno Millesi

pp. 130 – 133