Posts tagged "ritual"

Celebrity Relics

From "On the Religious Roots of Celebrity Worship" at Philly.com (Philadephia Inquirer/Daily News):
"There's a kind of cultural fascination with special people who are marked out for greatness but who die young and often in tragic or violent circumstances," says Geary, author of Furta Sacra: Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages (Princeton University Press, 2008). Just...

All the Market’s a Stage

By George González Placards at this weekend's forced evacuation of “Occupy Boston,” as elsewhere in the country, defiantly read, “You Can't Evict an Idea.” This kind of contention is key to understanding the sophisticated politics of the “Occupy Movement.”  The seeming contradiction between this notion and the original focus on the physical occupation of space exemplifies...

Sanctifying Wall Street

Amy Levin: Time for an update on #religion at #occupywallstreet? This week, Sarah Posner mediated a roundtable discussion with Religion Dispatches regular contributors highlighting particular religious moments of the occupy movement. Anthea Butler tells Posner says that Occupy Atlanta's refusal to let civil rights protestor and Congressman John Lewis speak was a reflection of OWS “becoming...

Religion Doesn’t Always Work for Mammon

Ruben Sanchez: Religion Clause recently informed us of a court ruling that states that the United Postal Service (USPS) does not need to accommodate a Seventh Day Adventist employee’s request to have every Saturday off. The 8th Circuit held that if Saturday leave were granted, such a demand, made under Title VII of the...

The Duty of Ritual Obeisance

From Lewis Lapham's introduction to the Celebrity issue of Latham's Quarterly (Winter 2011, p. 16):
In place of the gods who once commanded the heights of Mount Olympus, the media present a repertory company of animated tropes enthroned on a never-ending talk show, anointed with the oil of sweet celebrity, disgorging showers of gold.  It doesn't...

Adapting Ritual.

Meera Subramanian, senior editor at our sister site Killing the Buddha, has an article in today's Wall Street Journal on the crisis Parsis now face with the extinction of vultures; since the time of Herodotus, they have relied on these birds to dispose of their dead. Subramanian writes:
In the earthly realm of...