“Religion” after Religion, “Ritual” after Ritual

Authored by: Jon Bialecki

The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Anthropology

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415583954
eBook ISBN: 9781315743950
Adobe ISBN: 9781317590675


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I would like to start off this chapter with two chronologically disparate scenes. The two moments I have selected, though, should not be taken to stand as either a point of origin or the potential realization of a human telos. Rather, they are merely effective temporal horizons different enough from one another in their subject matter to give us a certain parallax on our actual object, the current state of the anthropology of religion and ritual.

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