Rituals: Past, Present and Future Perspectives


Edward Bailey (Editor)

Series: Focus on Civilizations and Cultures
BISAC: SOC002010

Rituals promote the ability to attribute meaning to our lives because rituals are profound structures that define the continuity of experience between the past, present and future. In this book, Chapter One reviews rituals as a storytelling process and social-action descriptor. Chapter Two provides a summary on trade networks in objects for the traditional Day of the Dead offering at Ozumba Tianguis. Chapter Three gives an introduction of a methodology for Quantitative Semiotics within a Systemic Approach and is conjoined by the ethnohistorical method for studying the preparations of the cempaxuchitl flower for the Day of the Dead offerings as carried out by two families. Chapter Four presents a study of the figures carved in a set of archaeological–osteological samples from the tomb site at Zaachila in Oaxaca, Mexico from a Quantitative Semiotics approach. Chapter Five examines issues in perinatal care and the spaces they are carried out, through the lens of ritual. Chapter Six explores the transition to motherhood in the context of migration through deep interviews with South American pregnant women who migrated to Italy. Chapter Seven examines ritual meaning to understand ritual functioning in the Italian and Chile contexts. Chapter Eight discusses the family ritual culture of the Kazakhs. Chapter Nine provides a review on the importance of rituals in understanding mass homicide. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Ritual as a Storytelling Process and Social–Action Descriptor
Alfredo Tenoch Cid Jurado and Edwin Jair Vázquez Nájera (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico)

Chapter 2. Trade Networks in Objects for the Traditional Day of the Dead Offering at Ozumba Tianguis
Teresa Mora Vázquez, Juan Alberto Román Berrelleza and Esther Gallardo González (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México)

Chapter 3. Networks in Modern Rituals: An Ethnographic Method for Quantitative Semiotics
Berna Leticia Valle and Oswaldo Morales Matamoros (Instituto Politécnico Nacional México, México)

Chapter 4. The Human Body in Mesoamerican Ritual: Bones, Symbols and the Underworld
Gabriela Salas Bautista, José Concepción Jiménez and Berna Valle Canales (National Museum of Anthropology and History, Direction of Physical Anthropology, Mexico City, Mexico, and others)

Chapter 5. Maternity Care Rituals, Established Practices and Emerging Alternatives: A Spatial Perspective
Myrto Chronaki, PhD (Post Doctoral Researcher, National Technical University of Athens, Greece)

Chapter 6. Transition to Motherhood Ritual: South American Women’s Words in Italy
Laura Migliorini, Nadia Rania and Lucia Piano (Department of Education Sciences, University of Genoa, Italy)

Chapter 7. Family Rituals in the Context of Migration: Research Data and a Case Analysis Between Italy and Chile
Laura Migliorini, Luisa Castaldi and Nadia Rania (University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy and others)

Chapter 8. Family Rituals of the Kazakhs: Children’s Life Cycle Rites
Raushan Muhamedzhanovna Mustafina (Doctor Istoricheskih Nauk, Professor, Department of Archaeology and Ethnology, L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan)

Chapter 9. The Importance of Rituals in Understanding Mass Homicide: A Structural Ritualization Analysis of the Ronald Gene Simmons Murders
Jason S. Ulsperger, J. David Knottnerus and Kristen Ulsperger (Associate Professor of Sociology, Arkansas Tech University, AR, USA, and others)


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