Although the relationship between religious practices and ritual is not a new field
of inquiry, research into the link ... 104 Andrew Walker White, Performing Orthodox Ritual in Byzantium (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), 5.
Author: Andrew Mellas
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Emotions in Byzantium came to life through hymnody, which invited the faithful to step into a liturgical world of compunction.
13 A. W. White, Performing Orthodox Ritual in Byzantium (Cambridge, 2015); R.
Nelson, 'Emphatic Vision: Looking at and with a Performative Byzantine Miniature
', Art History,30 (2007), 489–502. 14 G. Althoff, Die Macht der Rituale. Symbolik ...
Author: Teresa Shawcross
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Offering a comprehensive introduction to the history of books, readers and reading in the Byzantine Empire and its sphere of influence, this volume addresses a paradox. Advanced literacy was rare among imperial citizens, being restricted by gender and class. Yet the state's economic, religious and political institutions insisted on the fundamental importance of the written record. Starting from the materiality of codices, documents and inscriptions, the volume's contributors draw attention to the evidence for a range of interactions with texts. They examine the role of authors, compilers and scribes. They look at practices such as the close perusal of texts in order to produce excerpts, notes, commentaries and editions. But they also analyse the social implications of the constant intersection of writing with both image and speech. Showcasing current methodological approaches, this collection of essays aims to place a discussion of Byzantium within the mainstream of medieval textual studies.
By contrast, in Byzantium, touch and seeing were to a large extent equivalent and
interchangeable. ... performance tied in with other aspects of the liturgy of the Byzantine Eastern Orthodox Church, such as the use of incense, to produce a ...
Author: Jon P. Mitchell
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Category: Social Science
Ritual has long been a central concept in anthropological theories of religious transmission. Ritual, Performance and the Senses offers a new understanding of how ritual enables religious representations – ideas, beliefs, values – to be shared among participants. Focusing on the body and the experiential nature of ritual, the book brings together insights from three distinct areas of study: cognitive/neuroanthropology, performance studies and the anthropology of the senses. Eight chapters by scholars from each of these sub-disciplines investigate different aspects of embodied religious practice, ranging from philosophical discussions of belief to explorations of the biological processes taking place in the brain itself. Case studies range from miracles and visionary activity in Catholic Malta to meditative practices in theatrical performance and include three pilgrimage sites: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the festival of Ramlila in Ramnagar, India and the mountain shrine of the Lord of the Shiny Snow in Andean Peru. Understanding ritual allows us to understand processes at the very centre of human social life and humanity itself, making this an invaluable text for students and scholars in anthropology, cognitive science, performance studies and religious studies.
Author: John Anthony McGuckinPublish On: 2010-12-15
Crowning was an ancient rite throughout the Roman Empire, which Orthodoxy
Christianized. The legal obligation for the ... In Byzantine times this was a
separate ritual; now they are performed on the same day as the wedding. To
receive the ...
Author: John Anthony McGuckin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
With a combination of essay-length and short entries written by a team of leading religious experts, the two-volume Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodoxy offers the most comprehensive guide to the cultural and intellectual world of Eastern Orthodox Christianity available in English today. An outstanding reference work providing the first English language multi-volume account of the key historical, liturgical, doctrinal features of Eastern Orthodoxy, including the Non-Chalcedonian churches Explores of the major traditions of Eastern Orthodoxy in detail, including the Armenian, Byzantine, Coptic, Ethiopic, Slavic, Romanian, Syriac churches Uniquely comprehensive, it is edited by one of the leading scholars in the field and provides authoritative but accessible articles by a range of top international academics and Orthodox figures Spans the period from Late Antiquity to the present, encompassing subjects including history, theology, liturgy, monasticism, sacramentology, canon law, philosophy, folk culture, architecture, archaeology, martyrology, hagiography, all alongside a large and generously detailed prosopography Structured alphabetically and topically cross-indexed, with entries ranging from 100 to 6,000 words
The Revival of the Byzantine Musical Tradition at Mount Athos Tore Tvarnø Lind
... book represents an ethnographic encounter with Greek Orthodox monks and
their music. ... relegated to the past (ritual and performance practices in the Byzantine and post-Byzantine eras).3 Through conversations with monks and
living with ...
Author: Tore Tvarnø Lind
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
In The Past Is Always Present, Tore Tvarno Lind examines the musical revival of Greek Orthodox chant at the monastery of Vatopaidi within the monastic society of Mount Athos, Greece. In particular, Lind focuses on the musical activities at the monastery and the meaning of the past in the monks' efforts at improving their musical performance practice through an emphasis on tradition. Based on a decade of intense fieldwork and extensive interviews with members of Athos' monastic community, Lind covers a vast array of topics. From musical notation and the Greek oral tradition to CD covers and music production, the tension between tradition and modernity in the musical activity of the Athonite community raises a clear challenge to the quest to bring together Orthodox spirituality and quietude with musical production. The Past Is Always Present addresses all of these matters by focusing on the significance and meaning of the local chanting style. As Lind argues, Byzantine chant cannot be fully grasped in musicological terms alone, outside the context of prayer. Yet because chant is fundamentally a way of communicating with God, the sound generated must be exactly right, pushing issues of music notation, theory, and performance practice to the forefront. Byzantine chant, Lind ultimately argues, is a modern phenomenon as the monastic communities of Mount Athos negotiate with the realities of modern Orthodox identity in Greece. By reporting on the musical revival activities of this remarkable community through the topics of notation, musical theory, drone-singing, and spiritual silence, Lind looks at the ways in which Athonite heritage is shaped, touching upon the Byzantine chant's contemporary relationship with practice of pilgrimage and the phenomenon of religious tourism. Offering unique insights into the monastic culture at Mount Athos, The Past Is Always Present is for those especially interested in sacred music, past and present Greek culture, monastic life, religious tourism, and the fields of ethnomusicology and anthropology."
But Young ' s negative conclusion cannot be applied to the liturgical ritual of the
Eastern Orthodox Church . Realizing that Byzantine ... Such a conclusion could
be drawn from a comparison of this performance with Byzantine monastic typica .
Liturgical Subjects examines the history of the self in the Byzantine Empire, challenging narratives of Christian subjectivity that focus only on classical antiquity and the Western Middle Ages.
Author: Derek Krueger
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Liturgical Subjects examines the history of the self in the Byzantine Empire, challenging narratives of Christian subjectivity that focus only on classical antiquity and the Western Middle Ages. As Derek Krueger demonstrates, Orthodox Christian interior life was profoundly shaped by patterns of worship introduced and disseminated by Byzantine clergy. Hymns, prayers, and sermons transmitted complex emotional responses to biblical stories, particularly during Lent. Religious services and religious art taught congregants who they were in relation to God and each other. Focusing on Christian practice in Constantinople from the sixth to eleventh centuries, Krueger charts the impact of the liturgical calendar, the eucharistic rite, hymns for vigils and festivals, and scenes from the life of Christ on the making of Christian selves. Exploring the verse of great Byzantine liturgical poets, including Romanos the Melodist, Andrew of Crete, Theodore the Stoudite, and Symeon the New Theologian, he demonstrates how their compositions offered templates for Christian self-regard and self-criticism, defining the Christian "I." Cantors, choirs, and congregations sang in the first person singular expressing guilt and repentence, while prayers and sermons defined the collective identity of the Christian community as sinners in need of salvation. By examining the way models of selfhood were formed, performed, and transmitted in the Byzantine Empire, Liturgical Subjects adds a vital dimension to the history of the self in Western culture.
Author: Efthalia C. ConstantinidesPublish On: 2007
Strange as it may seem , Catholics converted to the Orthodox faith in Cyprus
during the decade following the Council of Florence . They were numerous ... The
first was issued in 1521 by Pope Leo I ; it forbade Latin priests from performing
services in Orthodox churches . ... Orthodox ritual , for as a declaration of faith he
Theatre and Drama in Byzantium : New Approaches , New Contexts Andrew
Walker White University of Maryland , College Park Over a ... attention to what Byzantines themselves had to say on the subject , it is now possible to
understand the Eastern Empire ' s performing arts ... to follow the lead of Western
scholars and define Orthodox spatial and ritual practices as inherently “ dramatic
" or " theatrical .
63 Whether this was confined to the Easter ritual alone is not clear , but from
1149 the Orthodox certainly had a major ... the predominant shrine church in the
Latin Kingdom in which the liturgy was performed in both the Orthodox and Latin
Author: Lucy-Anne Hunt
The central theme of the articles reproduced in these two volumes is the role of the visual arts and architecture in the cultural interaction between medieval societies, Christian and Muslim, in the eastern Mediterranean. Visual forms of production and communication amongst Christian communities themselves, and between Christian and Muslim, are discussed within their specific social and political contexts. Placing the emphasis on areas which passed between Christian and Muslim raises questions of the formation of identities as well as the relationship of the periphery to the centre. Focusing on the areas of Egypt, Syria and Palestine in relation to Byzantium, Islam, and the West provides a framework for consideration of particular issues, especially the identity of particular communities. The core of the work considers the period between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, when these areas were at the centre of eastern Mediterranean politics, and seeks to interpret little known evidence in the light of political and cultural circumstances with an interdisciplinary approach as its starting point. Vol. I features papers on the legacy of Byzantine art, and the medieval Christian art of Egypt. Vol. II covers the Christian art of Medieval Syria, and the art of the Crusader states.
... that Orthodox rituals and ceremonies be conducted without interruption or
molestation , that the Church of St . Sophia ... assigned as places of encampment
for soldiers who performed immoral acts such as bringing prostitutes into them .
From its foundation as an autonomous ecclesiastical entity in 1219 , the Serbian Orthodox Church gradually departed from the prevailing Byzantine model and
developed its own form of episcopal investiture , which was performed , without ...
Author: Jelena Todorovic
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
A transcription and translation of Zaharje Orfelin's 1757 festival book, Festive Greeting to Mojsej Putnik forms for the core of this study. It is one of the most comprehensive accounts of the festival life of the Orthodox hierarchy in the Habsburg lands.
This component of the Ritual certainly signals inequality interpretable as
submission , as we see in the sixteenth - century ... 22 If inequality is indeed
signaled at the immediate level of performance by the tsar , then it is purposeful
inequality , designed to ... our most pious autocrats deign to be in it , in order to
show the Orthodox people the image of their humility and submission before
Christ the Lord .
Author: Carolyn Johnston PouncyPublish On: 2014-06-14
... ritual performed before supper in Orthodox monasteries. See Raya and Vinck,
comps. and trans., Byzantine Daily Worship, PP. 76–77. 2. Again, this practical
advice has roots in the Wisdom literature as well as experience.
Author: Carolyn Johnston Pouncy
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Winner of the 1994 Heldt Prize from the Association of Women in Slavic Studies A detailed and colorful instruction manual on household management in sixteenth-century Russia, the Domostroi gives a fascinating glimpse of the world of the nobility. This "how-to" guide is one of the few sources on the social history and secular life of Russia in the time of Ivan the Terrible. Carolyn Johnston Pouncy here offers, with an informative introduction, the first complete English translation.
Since the Byzantine Empire, and particularly after the schism between eastern
and westem Christianity in 1054, Eastern Orthodoxy has been part of Greek
ethnic identity. ... Most priests have families, and many continue to practice a
trade or farm in addition to performing their religious duties. Members of the local
... The Sunday liturgy is the most significant weekly ritual of the Hellenic Orthodox
Author: Melvin Ember
Publisher: MacMillan Reference Library
Category: Social Science
Provides information about location, history, economy, political organizations, family relationships, and religious beliefs for hundreds of cultures around the world
One of his best known works is a thorough theological commentary on the
various rites and ritual formulas of the Byzantine Eucharistic Liturgies. ...
Cabasilas, Nilus (1298–1363) Greek orthodox metropolitan, theologian, and
scholar, whose treatises critical of medieval Latin theology became classical
apologies for the Orthodox tradition of the Byzantine Church. ... of Spoleto who
was infuriated by the coronation of King Arnulf as emperor, which Pope
Formosus had performed in 896.
Author: Bruno Becchio
Publisher: Foreign Media Group
Enhanced by more than one thousand full color illustrations, a concise guide features thousands of references to literature, art, history, famous figures, and philosophy with respect to religion, covering the beliefs, doctrines, practices, teachings, rites of passage, and specific rituals of the world's major religions.