RITUAL STUDIES MONOGRAPH SERIES

The Ritual Studies Monograph Series seeks to publish studies with a focus on the description, interpretation, and explanation of ritual practices seen from the viewpoints of anthropology, history, religious studies, philosophy, performance theory or other perspectives that can fruitfully be brought to bear on the phenomena. For information on how to submit a manuscript prospectus, contact the Series Editors at pamjan@pitt.edu

Series Co-Editors: Pamela J. Stewart (pamjan@pitt.edu) and Andrew Strathern, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh.

The Series is currently published by Carolina Academic Press, Durham, N.C.

Titles in the Series are listed below and at http://Series    http://Titles


Ritual Studies Monograph Series Number One:

The Spirit is Coming!’ A Photographic-Textual Exposition of the Female Spirit Cult Performance in Mount Hagen, New Guinea

by Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart

‘The Spirit is Coming!’discusses an important cult, central to the historical experience of gender relations, fertility, sickness and health, in the Mt. Hagen area of Papua New Guinea, developing also comparisons with analogous ritual forms in neighboring regions. Drawing on both published sources, unpublished field materials, and photographic records spanning the period from 1934 to the present in Mt. Hagen, the account stresses the visual and performative aspects of the cult as well as its mythological and historical background and its relationship to ecology and political change. The authors also point to ways in which values communicated in the cult have been further transformed in expressions of forms of Christianity in the 1960's, moving from the conflicts between the cult and introduced religion to their mediation and transcendence in contemporary ideas. ‘The Spirit is Coming!’ contributes to performance studies (including embodiment theory), to gender studies, and to religious studies. It also answers to the historical need to present images as a source of memory and identity-construction for the Hagen people themselves.

Order Information: Contact: Dr. Stewart and Dr. Strathern, Ritual Studies Monograph Series, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 15260, U.S.A.


Ritual Studies Monograph Series Number Two:

Fragments from Forests and Libraries (Valerio Valeri), edited by Janet Hoskins

An important collection of essays by Valerio Valeri, a scholar whose research ranged from the rainforest of the island of Seram to European archives and libraries.  His detailed studies move into the widest fields of interpretation of classic themes such as sacrifice, the character of social relations, taboo, gender relations, initiation, violence, and conceptions of the cosmos.

2001 ISBN 0-89089-979-7

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-Ritual Studies Monograph Series Number Three:

The Third Bagre: A Myth Revisited, by Jack Goody and Kum Gandah

2003  ISBN 0-89089-229-6

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Contesting Rituals: Islam and Practices of Identity-Making

edited by Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew Strathern

2005 ISBN 1-59460-077-5

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Embodying Modernity and Postmodernity: Ritual, Praxis, and Social Change in the South Pacific,

edited by Sandra Bamford

2007  ISBN 0-89089-476-0

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Ritual and World Change in a Balinese Princedom

by Lene Pedersen

2006 ISBN 1-59460-022-8

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Xhosa Beer Drinking Rituals.  Power, Practice and Performance in the South African Rural Periphery 

by Patrick A. McAllister

2006 ISBN 0-89089-021-8

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The Severed Snake.  Matrilineages, Making Place, and a Melanesian Christianity in Southeast Solomon Islands,

by Michael W. Scott

2007  ISBN 1-59460-153-4

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Asian Ritual Systems: Syncretisms and Ruptures,

by Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew Strathern (eds.)

2007  ISBN  1-59460-157-7

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Resisting  State Iconoclasm Among the Loma of Guinea

by Christian Kordt Hojbjerg

2007 ISBN 978-1-59460-218-4

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Religion, Anthropology, and Cognitive Science

by Harvey Whitehouse and James Laidlaw (eds.)

2007 ISBN-10: 1-59460-107-0, ISBN-13: 978-1-59460-107-1

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Exchange and Sacrifice

by Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew Strathern (eds.)

2007 ISBN-10: 1-59460-179-8, ISBN-13: 978-1-59460-179-8

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The Sign of the Witch: Modernity and the Pagan Revival

by David Waldron

2008 ISBN-10 1-59460-505-X, ISBN-13: 978-1-59460-505-5

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Religious and Ritual Change: Cosmologies and Histories.

by Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew Strathern (eds.)

(2009)   (ISBN 13: 978-1-59460-576-5 paperback).

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Dreams, Madness, and Fairy Tales in New Britain,

by Andrew Lattas. 

(2010) (ISBN 13: 978-1-59460-727-1 paperback)

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Pictures Making Beliefs.  A Cognitive Technological Model for Ritual Efficacy.

by Camille Wingo

(2012)  (ISBN 13: 978-1 59460 973 2 paperback)

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- 2013  Weaving Through Islam in Senegal,

by Laura L. Cochrane. 

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- 2013  Ignition Stories. Indigenous Fire Ecology in the Indo-Australian Monsoon Zone,

by Cynthia Fowler

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- 2016  Deference Revvisited. Andean Ritual in the Plurinational State,

by Into A. Goudsmit

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- 2017  The Compass of Life: Sundanese Lifecycle Rituals and the Status of Muslim Women in Indonesia,

by Linda Lentz.

 

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Other titles are listed on Carolina Academic Press's webpage

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