The effectiveness of ritual is a major anthropological question. In this paper, I challenge some of the explanations anthropologists have provided to such a question and I attempt to formulate an original theorization of ritual as metaphor. The proposed hypothesis is grounded in two inspiring concepts: Ernesto De Martino's idea of “dehistorification” as the main technique of the ritual and Bruce Kapferer's “virtuality” as its proper dynamic dimension. Drawing on these theoretical foundations and a direct ethnographic experience and conceiving of ritual as a practice rather than as a symbol, I propose to regard it as a particular practice of metaphorization that is not representative of reality but effective on it.

Della Costa, F. (2023). Ritual as metaphor. ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY, 23(1 (March 2023)), 3-32 [10.1177/14634996221130834].

Ritual as metaphor

Della Costa, F
2023

Abstract

The effectiveness of ritual is a major anthropological question. In this paper, I challenge some of the explanations anthropologists have provided to such a question and I attempt to formulate an original theorization of ritual as metaphor. The proposed hypothesis is grounded in two inspiring concepts: Ernesto De Martino's idea of “dehistorification” as the main technique of the ritual and Bruce Kapferer's “virtuality” as its proper dynamic dimension. Drawing on these theoretical foundations and a direct ethnographic experience and conceiving of ritual as a practice rather than as a symbol, I propose to regard it as a particular practice of metaphorization that is not representative of reality but effective on it.
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Bruce Kapferer; dehistorification; Ernesto De Martino; metaphor; Ritual; virtuality;
English
8-dic-2022
2023
23
1 (March 2023)
3
32
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Della Costa, F. (2023). Ritual as metaphor. ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY, 23(1 (March 2023)), 3-32 [10.1177/14634996221130834].
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