Teaching Healing Rituals/Ritual Healing

Susan S. Sered, Linda L. Barnes

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This chapter deals with one of the earliest and most ubiquitous forms of ritual activity in the human record: seeking the aid of a greater power in a quest for healing. Because of the enormity of the topic and the importance of keeping their students' experiences in mind, the authors developed a crosscultural typology as an tool for organizing the key analytic features of ritual healing for individual and collective illness. Using the pedagogical exercises this typology affords, students discover nearly universal ritual strategies and motivations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching Ritual
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199785308
ISBN (Print)9780195176452
StatePublished - 1 May 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2007 by The American Academy of Religion. All rights reserved.


  • Afflicting forces
  • Ritual
  • Ritual healing
  • Teaching


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