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Author Xygalatas, Dēmētrēs.

Title The Burning Saints : Cognition and Culture in the Fire-walking Rituals of the Anastenaria / Dimitris Xygalatas
Published London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (266 pages)
Series Religion, cognition and culture
Religion, cognition and culture.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Tradition in the making; 3. The ethnographic setting; 4. Fire- walking in Agia Eleni; 5. Knowledge and revelation among the Anastenaria; 6. Ritual and mind; 7. Costly rituals; 8. Arousal, emotion and motivation; 9. The physiology of high-arousal rituals; 10. Putting it all together; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary The Anastenaria are Orthodox Christians in Northern Greece who observe a unique annual ritual cycle focused on two festivals, dedicated to Saint Constantine and Saint Helen. The festivals involve processions, music, dancing, animal sacrifices, and culminate in an electrifying fire-walking ritual. Carrying the sacred icons of the saints, participants dance over hot coals as the saint moves them. ''The Burning Saints'' presents an analysis of these rituals and the psychology behind them. Based on long-term fieldwork, ''The Burning Saints'' traces the historical development and sociocultural cont
Notes "First published 2012 by Equinox Publishing Ltd., an imprint of Acumen."
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Subject Orthodoxos Ekklēsia tēs Hellados.
Orthodoxos Ekklēsia tēs Hellados.
Fire walking -- Greece
Rites and ceremonies -- Greece.
Fire walking.
RELIGION -- Christian Rituals & Practice -- Worship & Liturgy.
RELIGION -- Institutions & Organizations.
Rites and ceremonies.
Greece -- Religious life and customs.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1317543734