Ritual, history and cognition: From analogy to hegemony in highland Malagasy polities

@article{Berger2012RitualHA,
  title={Ritual, history and cognition: From analogy to hegemony in highland Malagasy polities},
  author={L. Berger},
  journal={Anthropological Theory},
  year={2012},
  volume={12},
  pages={351 - 385}
}
  • L. Berger
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • Anthropological Theory
Despite social change occurring over the 18th and 19th centuries in the Malagasy highlands, the same basic structure of the Merina circumcision ritual remained invariant, although some innovations and transformations have characterized its evolution. The issue is to render intelligible this co-existence of constant and shifting religious ritual forms throughout history. This case study argues that Lévi-Strauss’s ‘canonic formula’ can be reinterpreted as the law of permutation group organizing… Expand
2 Citations

Figures from this paper

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 72 REFERENCES
Writing Ideology: Ranavalona, The Ancestral Bureaucrat
  • 7
the canonic formula of myth and nonmyth
  • 31
Whence Collective Rituals? A Cultural Selection Model of Ritualized Behavior
  • 183
  • PDF
Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought
  • 1,285
Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar
  • 32
  • PDF
The symbolism of money in Imerina
  • 75
  • Highly Influential
Approche morphodynamique de la formule canonique du mythe
  • 22
  • PDF
The analogical mind : perspectives from cognitive science
  • 1,050
...
1
2
3
4
5
...