Epilogue Modern Ritual at Bent's Old Fort

Douglas C. Comer

in Ritual Ground

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1996 | ISBN: 9780520204294
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918702 | DOI:
Epilogue Modern Ritual at Bent's Old Fort

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This chapter focuses on the continuation of ritualistic ways at the reconstructed Bent's Old Fort, now designated as a National Historic Site, and offers additional evidence for the persistence of ritual as an effective social mechanism in a patently modern environment. It explains that rituals at the fort serve a variety of purposes, the most evident of which is that the fort serves as a nationalistic symbol, and discusses Victor Turner's ideas about the transformative uses of ritual as these operate at the fort.

Keywords: Bent's Old Fort; ritual; National Historic Site; social mechanism; nationalistic symbol; Victor Turner

Chapter.  16180 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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