Emerging Ritual in Secular Societies

Emerging Ritual in Secular Societies

A Transdisciplinary Conversation

Jeltje Gordon-Lennox


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The growing absence of meaningful ritual in contemporary Western societies has led to cohesive research on the history of ritualizing behaviour in different cultures. The relatively new field of ritology, which includes neuroscience, anthropology, cultural psychology, psychotherapy and even art and performance, raises questions about the significance and practice of ritual today. This book is the first of its kind to discuss the importance of secular rituals for cultural and personal growth. Using a transdisciplinary approach, a range of contributors provide an authoritative account of the science and history of rituals and their role in creating healthy societies in the modern age.

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Jeltje Gordon-Lennox:
Jeltje Gordon-Lennox is an author and psychotherapist with expertise in the field of world religions, writing about ritual studies theory and the role of the senses in the contemporary practice of secular ritual. She is the founder of the Ashoka (.ch) Association, where she trains secular celebrants in the craft of secular ritualization. Jeltje lives in Switzerland.