• Psychology
  • Published 2007

Menstrual slaps and first blood celebrations. Inference, simulation and the learning of ritual

@inproceedings{Houseman2007MenstrualSA,
  title={Menstrual slaps and first blood celebrations. Inference, simulation and the learning of ritual},
  author={Michael Houseman},
  year={2007}
}
Much of what follows is a first attempt to conceptualize Neopagan and New Age ceremonial in relation to ritual activity of a more classical variety. Present-day ritual crafting is approached as a means to test and reconsider certain ideas regarding the nature of ritual action in general. Relying on data drawn largely from the Internet, I base my analysis on a contrast between episodes that mark a young woman’s first menstruation in two different modern Western traditions: ritualized face… CONTINUE READING

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