Religion in

REL 419.001
Myth, Ritual, & Magic

Finding Nemo, 2003.


Suma Ikeuchi

Office: 204 Manly Hall
Office Phone: 348-9994
Office Hour: R 2:30-3:30 pm
Course: TR 3:30-4:45
Location: 102 Manly Hall


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This Core Writing course explores a wide range of rituals, from the stereotypical to the unexpected: initiation rites, religious ceremonies, daily interaction rituals, and soccer hooliganism, among others. We examine various theories about the definitions, meanings, and roles of ritual, sometimes by conducting mini-fieldwork to observe rituals in action. W


Spring 2017 (PDF)

Books (required)

Buford, Bill
Among the Thugs
Vintage, 1993
ISBN: 0679745351

Goffman, Irving
Interaction Ritual: Essays in Face to Face Behavior
Aldine Transaction, 2005
ISBN: 0202307778

Luhrmann, T.M.
Persuasions of the Witch's Craft
Harvard University Press, 1989
ISBN: 0674663241

Herdt, Gilbert
The Sambia: Ritual, Sexuality, and Change in Papua New Guinea
Wadsworth Publishing, 2005
ISBN: 0534643833