In this broad-ranging inquiry into ritual and its relation to place, Jonathan Z. Smith prepares the way for a new approach to the comparative study of religion. Smith stresses the importance of place in particular, constructed ritual environments to a proper understanding of the ways in which "empty" actions become rituals. He structures his argument around the territories of the Tjilpa aborigines in Australia and two sites in Jerusalem the temple envisioned by Ezekiel and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The first of ...

To Take Place: Toward Theory in Ritual 1992, University of Chicago Press

ISBN-13: 9780226763613

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To Take Place: Toward Theory in Ritual 1987, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226763590