From Ritual Ground to Stage

Fletcher DuBois, Erik de Maaker, Karin Polit and Marianne Riphagen

in Ritual, Media, and Conflict

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735235
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895175 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ritual Studies Series

From Ritual Ground to Stage

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When rituals are turned into aesthetic forms that can be displayed to both insiders and outsiders, the display of these rituals demarcates ethnic groups and establishes supposedly authentic cultural identities, but these forms and boundaries are contested. In the first case, Christian Bumbarra Thompson, an artist of Bidjara, German, Jewish, and English origins, transposes Bidjara ritual knowledge into a contemporary video and sculpture called I Need You / You Need Me (The Fox). The second case, set in northeast India, examines the participation of Garo youth in Wangala dancing during the Republic Day Parade In the third case, a local ritual tradition from Uttarakhand in north India is chosen as the basis for an educational heritage piece performed on stage to teach educated youth about their own traditions.

Keywords: ritual; media; conflict; aesthetics; ethnicity; authenticity; dance; performance; education

Chapter.  11400 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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