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How Purity is Made

Rösch, Petra [u.a.] [Hrsg.]:
How Purity is Made / ed. by Petra Rösch and Udo Simon. - Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz, 2012. - 470 S. : Ill.
ISBN 978-3-447-06542-9
EUR 58,00
DDC: 204.46

Concepts of purity and impurity are used in a great variety of contexts for both concrete and immaterial phenomena and are firmly embedded in many, often antagonistic worldviews. Can a common core be discerned in the various ways purity is conceived, extending over and beyond cultural differences? Both change and continuity in purity and its (corresponding) discourses afford insight into the dynamics of social transformative processes. They form the perspective to apply purity concepts and submit them to personal interpretation. Though usually combined with, or even tantamount to, ritual action these concepts seem to lend themselves particularly to being de-ritualized and then re-ritualized. The 23 contributions of How Purity is Made discuss purity and impurity by looking at the dimensions of action, conception, representation, experience and internalisation. They cover geographical regions from Europe over Asia to Northern America and span chronologically from prehistory to the present time. [Verlagsinformation]

Preface. IX
Udo Simon:
Why Purity? An Introduction.1
Virginia Smith:
Biophysicality and Purity. 39
Brendan Strejcek & Chen-Bo Zhong:
The Perils of Cleanliness. 57
Alice Mouton:
Le concept de pureté/impureté en Anatolie hittite. 69
Claus Ambos:
Purifying the King by Means of Prisoners, Fish, a Goose, and a Duck: Some Remarks on the Mesopotamian Notions of Purity. 89
Joachim Friedrich Quack:
Reinigen durch Anschwärzen? Zum Motiv des Antagonistischen in ägyptischen Reinigungsritualen. 105
Angelos Chaniotis:
Greek Ritual Purity: From Automatisms to Moral Distinctions. 123
Hanna Liss:
Ritual Purity in Jewish Lore and Law. 141
Gerald Schwedler:
Purifying Memory in the Middle Ages: Cleansing Soul, Deleting Remembrances, and the Example of the Attempted Purge of Rudolf of Rheinfelden. 163
Axel Michaels:
Rituals and Certificates of Rehabilitation in the Nepalese Mulukī Ain of 1854. 185
Beatrix Hauser:
Purity, Beauty and Luxury as Performative Categories in Hindu Rituals and Beyond. 195
Petra H. Rösch:
The Purifying Power of the Buddhas. 217
Klaus Vollmer:
How Impurity is Concealed and Revealed: The Case of the So-Called Burakumin in Contemporary Japan. 245
Marion H. Katz:
Leniency, Severity, and Hierarchies of Purity in the Islamic Law of Ṭahāra. 265
Richard Gauvain:
Pure Blood and the Martyr: Ritual Potential among Modern Cairene Salafis. 285
Paula Schrode:
Practices and Meanings of Purity and Worship among Young Sunni
Muslims in Germany. 309
Emre Arslan:
Nation, Islam, and Purity: The World-View of Turkish Ultranationalists in Germany. 333
Olaf Günther:
Purity in Danger: Strategies of Purifiying Oneself in a Hostile Environment. The Case of Soviet Central Asia. 353
Ines Stolpe:
From Purity to Cleanliness: Changing Concepts in Mongolia. 369
Kathryn Lofton:
Purifying America: Rites of Salvation in the Soap Campaign. 393
Walter van Beek & Richard Taselaar:
Zion’s Pure of Heart: Personal and Institutional Purity in Mormonism. 413
Julie Ndaya:
Purification in the Healing Rituals of the Congolese Migrant Church Le Combat Spirituel. 437
David Chidester:
Pure Heritage: Indigenous, Missionary, and Anthropological Constructions of Sexual Purity in South Africa. 451
Notes on the Contributors. 475
Index. 481

PETRA H. RÖSCH, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln
UDO SIMON, Seminar für Sprachen und Kulturen des Vorderen Orients, Islamwissenschaft bzw. Iranistik, Universität Heidelberg. Projektleiter des Teilprojekts C9, Cluster "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", des SFB 619 "Ritualdynamik". Profilseite.

Quellen: Harrassowitz; Deutsche Nationalbibliothek;; Amazon (DE)

Rösch/Simon: How Purity is Made, 2012