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Reproducing liberal democracy
Lee Jarvis
Tim Legrand

, genuinely, uncertain (to ban, or not to ban). But, rather – and no less importantly – as a form of political ritual that is deeply implicated in the (re)production of political authority and liberal democracy. Proscription debates offer an excellent opportunity for exploring the workings and implications of parliamentary ritual for two reasons. In the first instance, as noted in Chapter 1 , the symbolic importance of this power – and the decisions made in its name – are widely acknowledged by advocates and critics of proscription alike. Hazel Blears, for instance

in Banning them, securing us?
Coffin rituals and the releasing of exorcised spirits
Fabian Graham

Coffin rituals at Brickfields Chenghuangmiao, Kuala Lumpur, 30–31 August 2017 Located at the far end of an unassuming alley, the temple complex is hidden from sight behind other low-rise buildings. Entering through two industrial, iron-barred gates, only after turning into a narrow, unroofed corridor separating their Datuk Gong altars, Jade Emperor’s censer and altar tablet for wandering spirits from the main temple does the compound’s layout of ritual areas become apparent. The main altar room is divided into

in Voices from the Underworld
Salvation rituals and Ah Pek parties
Fabian Graham

Introduction Chapter 7 focused on the influence of ethnic minority status on the creation of community in Malaysia’s Underworld tradition, and the purpose of this chapter is to expand on this theory and to further illustrate significant differences between the Underworld traditions in Singapore and Malaysia. While offerings to ancestors and wandering spirits are integral to Seventh Month rituals in both locations, the ethnographic section of this chapter illustrates an Underworld Ghost Month calendar that is

in Voices from the Underworld
Faction, emotion, and the Essex circle
Bradley J. Irish

understanding of solidarity, I suggest in turn, can be valuably informed by thinking about what sociologists call ‘interaction rituals’: that is, certain categories of social encounters, both formal and informal, through which participants at both the center and periphery shore up their collective will and mutual sense of self. In what follows, I will try to outline the mechanics of such rituals, with the hope that a more nuanced account of the social stakes of factional identity might be integrated into our ever-evolving sense of how faction and affiliation shaped the

in Positive emotions in early modern literature and culture
Jemma Field

6 Ritual and ceremonial Anna of Denmark died of dropsy on 2 March 1619, and news quickly spread throughout Europe. From France, the Venetian ambassador, Anzolo Contarini, sent dispatch that the Bourbons had ‘appointed the Marquis of Trinel [François Juvenal des Ursins, Marquis of Tresnel] as ambassador extraordinary to England to offer condolences upon the queen’s death. The mission should do much to further the reconciliation between the two crowns.’1 Conflating Anna’s obsequies with international court politics, Contarini’s comment encapsulates the two main

in Anna of Denmark
Religion and freemasonry
John M. MacKenzie

6 The buildings of ritual: religion and freemasonry In the nineteenth century, the leaders of the distinctively post-Reformation British denominations of the Christian Church realised that they had the opportunity to create world churches with a truly global reach. This challenge was presented by the combination of the expansion of empire with its growing number of settlers and the rise of evangelicalism, not least in respect of the urge to convert indigenous people. Ultimately these ambitions were not confined to empire since such churches came to be built

in The British Empire through buildings
Purification, candles, and the Inviolata as music for churching
Jane D. Hatter

T here was only one ceremony or blessing in the late medieval Catholic rite that was reserved for laywomen – the ritual purification or churching of a woman after childbirth. This ceremony functioned primarily as an articulation of the transition of the woman from the authority of a female midwife to a male priest and also as a marker of the end of the new mother’s period of

in Conversions
Fabian Graham

Following on from rituals performed at a privately owned tang-ki temple in Chapter 4 , the ethnographic focus now moves to two linked public temples integrated into a new ‘united temple’ complex. After detailing a form of temple networking unique to Singapore, and in the context of the recently expanding Underworld pantheon, I reproduce a discussion with the case-study temple’s tang-ki concerning the new Underworld God of Wealth, Bao Bei Ya. The analysis of the discussion draws on parallels made by Tua Ya Pek, comparing Bao Bei Ya

in Voices from the Underworld
A. N. Marlow
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Funeral workers’ experience with ‘contagious corpses’
Silvia Romio

The extremely high death rates in northern Italy during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic called for exceptional rules and suspension of funeral practices and burial rites. Additionally, forms of collective burial, typical of a wartime scenario, and mechanical methods and timing were reintroduced into the handling of corpses. Although several academic studies have highlighted how the absence of funeral ceremonies and ‘dignified burials’ has caused prolonged and deep suffering for the mourners and for many of the caregivers and health workers, few have so far focused on funeral workers. This article focuses on the intimate, emotional and ethical experiences of a group of funeral workers in northern Italy who handled COVID corpses and had to take the place of the mourners at the time of burial. Through an anthropological analysis of their oral memories, this work attempts to analyse their expressions of discomfort, frustration, fear and suffering.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal