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Epilogue

Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz

in Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780520260559
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945920 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520260559.003.0016
Epilogue

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This epilogue synthesizes the main themes of this book and extracts a more general message. It draws attention again to the significance of long-term continuities (real as well as imagined) for Eastern Christians. Ritual practice as a living tradition is fundamental to their identities, both as persons and as communities. It concludes that the study of Eastern Christianity presents a “coming of age” challenge for comparative anthropological science. Indeed, the broader aim with the research agenda initiated in this volume is simultaneously to free the category “East” from the political distortions of the Cold War era and to transcend the legacy of centuries of scholarly “Orientalism”.

Keywords: Eastern Christianity; Christians; ritual practice; anthropological study

Chapter.  4267 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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