Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 23 October 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This article attempts to view environment from a ritual perspective. A ritual perspective on landscape is understood as one that focuses on the way people views their environment as symbolic expressions of basic values and cosmological ideas. It is assumed that ‘belief’ in such values and ideas is fostered primarily in non-verbal communication and in metaphorical and mythological forms of verbal communication. Two theoretical perspectives are outlined that are considered fruitful for interpretation of the ritual perspectives entertained in different societies. One sees understanding as based on ‘imaginative structures that emerge from our experience as bodily organisms functioning in interactions with an environment’. The other deals with special types of social process loaded with meaning — the so-called life-cycle rituals — where individuals' positions in society during a short period of time are dramatically changed both in the sense of changing rights and duties in relation to interaction partners, but also in the sense of being indoctrinated into new understandings of the nature of human and cosmological relations.

Keywords: environment, ritual perspective, basic values, cosmological ideas, verbal communication, non-verbal communication, life-cycle rituals

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.