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Syrian Christian Calendar Rituals

Susan Visvanathan

in The Christians of Kerala

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780195647990
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080663 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195647990.003.0006
Syrian Christian Calendar Rituals

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This chapter discusses the calendrical rituals of the Syrian Christians, covering ritual feasts and fasts, Lent, and prayer. These rituals regulate the time perception of Syrian Christians in ways which are different from the Hindu calendar, even while the latter is used by the community for various practical purposes such as the building of houses or the making of horoscopes. The sacred calendar of the Syrian Christians commemorates the origin of a new worldview, a mytho-historical event that is elaborated with every ritual celebration.

Keywords: calendrical rituals; ritual feasts; fasts; Lent; prayer; time perception

Chapter.  12894 words. 

Subjects: Sociology of Religion

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