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Rituals, Mantras and Science: An Integral Perspective

By: Jayant Burde; Foreword By Frits Staal

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 010598

ISBN: 81-208-2053-3

Condition: New

In this book the author discusses the place of science in rituals and mantras. Using structual analysis he shows that rituals in general, whether religious, political, social or otherwise have common structural patterns. These patterns are shared by poetry, music, dance and gymnastics, but not by language. Consideration of animal rituals and pathological (compulsive) rituals leads him to propose a general theory which unifies all ritual-like activities. He also introduces the concept of ritual instinct which can make the theory simpler and more elegant. He shows how knowledge can be divided in... View more info