Performing Orthodox Ritual in Byzantium

Performing Orthodox Ritual in Byzantium

The first full-length, interdisciplinary study of the Greek performing arts - theatre, rhetoric and ritual - between antiquity and the Renaissance.

Author: Andrew Walker White

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107073852

Category: History

Page: 278

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The first full-length, interdisciplinary study of the Greek performing arts - theatre, rhetoric and ritual - between antiquity and the Renaissance.
Categories: History

Liturgy and the Emotions in Byzantium

Liturgy and the Emotions in Byzantium

Although the relationship between religious practices and ritual is not a new field
of inquiry, research into the link ... 104 Andrew Walker White, Performing
Orthodox Ritual in Byzantium (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), 5.

Author: Andrew Mellas

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108487597

Category: History

Page: 222

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Emotions in Byzantium came to life through hymnody, which invited the faithful to step into a liturgical world of compunction.
Categories: History

Reading in the Byzantine Empire and Beyond

Reading in the Byzantine Empire and Beyond

13 A. W. White, Performing Orthodox Ritual in Byzantium (Cambridge, 2015); R.
Nelson, 'Emphatic Vision: Looking at and with a Performative Byzantine Miniature
', Art History,30 (2007), 489–502. 14 G. Althoff, Die Macht der Rituale. Symbolik ...

Author: Teresa Shawcross

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108304900

Category: History

Page:

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Offering a comprehensive introduction to the history of books, readers and reading in the Byzantine Empire and its sphere of influence, this volume addresses a paradox. Advanced literacy was rare among imperial citizens, being restricted by gender and class. Yet the state's economic, religious and political institutions insisted on the fundamental importance of the written record. Starting from the materiality of codices, documents and inscriptions, the volume's contributors draw attention to the evidence for a range of interactions with texts. They examine the role of authors, compilers and scribes. They look at practices such as the close perusal of texts in order to produce excerpts, notes, commentaries and editions. But they also analyse the social implications of the constant intersection of writing with both image and speech. Showcasing current methodological approaches, this collection of essays aims to place a discussion of Byzantium within the mainstream of medieval textual studies.
Categories: History

Ritual Performance and the Senses

Ritual  Performance and the Senses

By contrast, in Byzantium, touch and seeing were to a large extent equivalent and
interchangeable. ... performance tied in with other aspects of the liturgy of the
Byzantine Eastern Orthodox Church, such as the use of incense, to produce a ...

Author: Jon P. Mitchell

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780857854964

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Ritual has long been a central concept in anthropological theories of religious transmission. Ritual, Performance and the Senses offers a new understanding of how ritual enables religious representations – ideas, beliefs, values – to be shared among participants. Focusing on the body and the experiential nature of ritual, the book brings together insights from three distinct areas of study: cognitive/neuroanthropology, performance studies and the anthropology of the senses. Eight chapters by scholars from each of these sub-disciplines investigate different aspects of embodied religious practice, ranging from philosophical discussions of belief to explorations of the biological processes taking place in the brain itself. Case studies range from miracles and visionary activity in Catholic Malta to meditative practices in theatrical performance and include three pilgrimage sites: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the festival of Ramlila in Ramnagar, India and the mountain shrine of the Lord of the Shiny Snow in Andean Peru. Understanding ritual allows us to understand processes at the very centre of human social life and humanity itself, making this an invaluable text for students and scholars in anthropology, cognitive science, performance studies and religious studies.
Categories: Social Science

The Past is Always Present

The Past is Always Present

The Revival of the Byzantine Musical Tradition at Mount Athos Tore Tvarnø Lind
... book represents an ethnographic encounter with Greek Orthodox monks and
their music. ... relegated to the past (ritual and performance practices in the
Byzantine and post-Byzantine eras).3 Through conversations with monks and
living with ...

Author: Tore Tvarnø Lind

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810881471

Category: Music

Page: 241

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In The Past Is Always Present, Tore Tvarno Lind examines the musical revival of Greek Orthodox chant at the monastery of Vatopaidi within the monastic society of Mount Athos, Greece. In particular, Lind focuses on the musical activities at the monastery and the meaning of the past in the monks' efforts at improving their musical performance practice through an emphasis on tradition. Based on a decade of intense fieldwork and extensive interviews with members of Athos' monastic community, Lind covers a vast array of topics. From musical notation and the Greek oral tradition to CD covers and music production, the tension between tradition and modernity in the musical activity of the Athonite community raises a clear challenge to the quest to bring together Orthodox spirituality and quietude with musical production. The Past Is Always Present addresses all of these matters by focusing on the significance and meaning of the local chanting style. As Lind argues, Byzantine chant cannot be fully grasped in musicological terms alone, outside the context of prayer. Yet because chant is fundamentally a way of communicating with God, the sound generated must be exactly right, pushing issues of music notation, theory, and performance practice to the forefront. Byzantine chant, Lind ultimately argues, is a modern phenomenon as the monastic communities of Mount Athos negotiate with the realities of modern Orthodox identity in Greece. By reporting on the musical revival activities of this remarkable community through the topics of notation, musical theory, drone-singing, and spiritual silence, Lind looks at the ways in which Athonite heritage is shaped, touching upon the Byzantine chant's contemporary relationship with practice of pilgrimage and the phenomenon of religious tourism. Offering unique insights into the monastic culture at Mount Athos, The Past Is Always Present is for those especially interested in sacred music, past and present Greek culture, monastic life, religious tourism, and the fields of ethnomusicology and anthropology."
Categories: Music

Acts

Acts

But Young ' s negative conclusion cannot be applied to the liturgical ritual of the
Eastern Orthodox Church . Realizing that Byzantine ... Such a conclusion could
be drawn from a comparison of this performance with Byzantine monastic typica .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015037664722

Category: Art

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Liturgical Subjects

Liturgical Subjects

Liturgical Subjects examines the history of the self in the Byzantine Empire, challenging narratives of Christian subjectivity that focus only on classical antiquity and the Western Middle Ages.

Author: Derek Krueger

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812246445

Category: Religion

Page: 328

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Liturgical Subjects examines the history of the self in the Byzantine Empire, challenging narratives of Christian subjectivity that focus only on classical antiquity and the Western Middle Ages. As Derek Krueger demonstrates, Orthodox Christian interior life was profoundly shaped by patterns of worship introduced and disseminated by Byzantine clergy. Hymns, prayers, and sermons transmitted complex emotional responses to biblical stories, particularly during Lent. Religious services and religious art taught congregants who they were in relation to God and each other. Focusing on Christian practice in Constantinople from the sixth to eleventh centuries, Krueger charts the impact of the liturgical calendar, the eucharistic rite, hymns for vigils and festivals, and scenes from the life of Christ on the making of Christian selves. Exploring the verse of great Byzantine liturgical poets, including Romanos the Melodist, Andrew of Crete, Theodore the Stoudite, and Symeon the New Theologian, he demonstrates how their compositions offered templates for Christian self-regard and self-criticism, defining the Christian "I." Cantors, choirs, and congregations sang in the first person singular expressing guilt and repentence, while prayers and sermons defined the collective identity of the Christian community as sinners in need of salvation. By examining the way models of selfhood were formed, performed, and transmitted in the Byzantine Empire, Liturgical Subjects adds a vital dimension to the history of the self in Western culture.
Categories: Religion

Images from the Byzantine Periphery

Images from the Byzantine Periphery

Strange as it may seem , Catholics converted to the Orthodox faith in Cyprus
during the decade following the Council of Florence . They were numerous ... The
first was issued in 1521 by Pope Leo I ; it forbade Latin priests from performing
services in Orthodox churches . ... Orthodox ritual , for as a declaration of faith he
4 .

Author: Efthalia C. Constantinides

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015082653984

Category: Art, Byzantine

Page: 293

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Categories: Art, Byzantine

Abstracts of Papers Byzantine Studies Conference

Abstracts of Papers   Byzantine Studies Conference

Theatre and Drama in Byzantium : New Approaches , New Contexts Andrew
Walker White University of Maryland , College Park Over a ... attention to what
Byzantines themselves had to say on the subject , it is now possible to
understand the Eastern Empire ' s performing arts ... to follow the lead of Western
scholars and define Orthodox spatial and ritual practices as inherently “ dramatic
" or " theatrical .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015016693239

Category: Byzantine Empire

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Categories: Byzantine Empire

Art and Ritual of the Byzantine Church

Art and Ritual of the Byzantine Church

... artists were more interested in representing them performing some office
appropriate to the episcopal state , notably preaching ... of new saints written
throughout the Byzantine epoch , but new Lives or encomia of those who already
had an established place in the Synaxary . ... At a council orthodoxy triumphed
over error .

Author: Christopher Walter

Publisher: Variorum Publishing

ISBN: UOM:39015016577101

Category: Religion

Page: 279

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Categories: Religion

Byzantine Studies

Byzantine Studies

This component of the Ritual certainly signals inequality interpretable as
submission , as we see in the sixteenth - century ... 22 If inequality is indeed
signaled at the immediate level of performance by the tsar , then it is purposeful
inequality , designed to ... our most pious autocrats deign to be in it , in order to
show the Orthodox people the image of their humility and submission before
Christ the Lord .

Author: Henrik Birnbaum

Publisher: Aristide d Caratzas Pub

ISBN: UOM:39015029447672

Category: History

Page: 188

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Categories: History

The Inner Cohesion Between the Bible and the Fathers in Byzantine Tradition

The Inner Cohesion Between the Bible and the Fathers in Byzantine Tradition

Ceremonial performance of public readings in the Liturgy of the Orthodox Church
The reading from Scripture ( ņi áváy vwoic ) in the Byzantine liturgy is a multi -
layered ritual , which is described in minute detail in the liturgical books $ 339 .

Author: Stefan Mattheus Royé

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X030695200

Category: Cataloging of manuscripts

Page: 247

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Categories: Cataloging of manuscripts

Traditions of Belief in Late Byzantine Demonology

Traditions of Belief in Late Byzantine Demonology

they have survived in Greece to modern times 1033 where the related ritual of the
kindóves significantly employs a jar of water and a young child . ... On the other
hand , it should also be remembered that in the eyes of rigorous adherents to the
orthodox tradition , all divination ... as depending upon material demons who
operate in water poured into a specially marked basin over which a rite is
performed .

Author: Richard P. H. Greenfield

Publisher: Amsterdam : A.M. Hakkert

ISBN: UOM:39015014570090

Category: Byzantine Empire

Page: 369

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Categories: Byzantine Empire

Cultures of the World

Cultures of the World

RELIGION AND EXPRESSIVE CULTURE Over 97 percent of Greece's
population belongs to the Hellenic Orthodox ... Since the Byzantine Empire , and
particularly after the schism between eastern and western Christianity in 1054 ...
Important rituals are performed at the grave both forty days and one year after the
death .

Author: Melvin Ember

Publisher: MacMillan Reference Library

ISBN: PSU:000043635030

Category: Social Science

Page: 1249

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Provides information about location, history, economy, political organizations, family relationships, and religious beliefs for hundreds of cultures around the world
Categories: Social Science

Beholding the Sacred Mysteries

Beholding the Sacred Mysteries

At the same time at which Orthodox Christians questioned the essence of the
eucharistic sacrifice , Byzantium was ... rubrics for this portion of the liturgy shows
that celebrants were not held to a single manner of ritual performance . Changes
in ...

Author: Sharon E. J. Gerstel

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295978007

Category: Art

Page: 213

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Sharon Gerstel evokes a wide range of written and painted sources in order to analyze the decoration of the Byzantine sanctuary from the perspective of its contemporary viewer, from monk to liturgical celebrant, from bishop to lay worshipper. In a new presentation of the sanctuary program, the author reveals to the modern reader what was and even today is manifest only to the clergy. In medieval Byzantium an artistic program developed behind the sanctuary screen for priests, whose actions and words were reflected in the painted decorations. Lay people were permitted to view certain parts of the painted program and the eucharistic celebration, but the sanctuary was increasingly obscured from them by curtains and icons. This book explores monuments from a single region (Macedonia) that range over a span of three hundred years (1028-1328). This period encompasses the beginnings of the new program, its establishment, and its expansion, and in the absence of surviving monuments from the Byzantine capital, Macedonia (now divided among Greece, Bulgaria, and the former Yugoslavian Republic that bears its name) contains an unbroken sequence of decorated churches. This detailed examination of a related group of monuments demonstrates the varying popularity of certain subjects and details of decoration, and how innovative approaches to Christian iconography were passed between painters and churches.
Categories: Art

The Legend of the Novgorodian White Cowl

The Legend of the Novgorodian White Cowl

Maybe the performance of the ritual within the Palm Sunday procession in
Novgorod ( which , as all investigators agree , influenced the ... 1 - 45 , passim )
who constantly stresses the emulation in Russia of the Byzantine installation
ceremony , also notes some differences ... of a bishop of the Russian Orthodox
Church do not include references to the performance of the Strator Service on
this occasion .

Author: Miroslav Labunka

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000081010351

Category: Legends

Page: 339

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Categories: Legends

Peoples and Settlement in Anatolia and the Caucasus 800 1900

Peoples and Settlement in Anatolia and the Caucasus  800 1900

The late Byzantine antiquarian spirit encouraged the revival or elaboration of at
least three features of imperial ceremony ... Furthermore , Alexios II ' s wife was
the daughter of an Orthodox Georgian , Beka Jaqeli . ... Nicol , ' Kaisersalbung ,
The Unction of emperors in late Byzantine coronation ritual ' , Byzantine and
Modern Greek Studies , 2 ( 1976 ) , pp . ... II of Austria in 1148 . to a shield in Des
Michael Jefe hat the performed on state and religious feasts , such as weddings [
482 ] IV.

Author: Anthony Bryer

Publisher: Variorum Publishing

ISBN: UOM:39015012417054

Category: History

Page: 336

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Categories: History

Ritualizing on the Boundaries

Ritualizing on the Boundaries

... the venue of choice for performing of rites of passage for such visitors ; and the
model that has been followed by most temple builders across ... For purposes of
this volume , of particular interest is the way the ritual life of ... They were Catholic
( of both Latin and Byzantine rites ) , Eastern Orthodox , Jewish , Presbyterian .

Author: Fred W. Clothey

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570036470

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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In his comparative study of four Tamil resettlements, Clothey examines the rituals that have traveled with these South Indian communities - Hindu, Muslim, and Christian - and how these practices perpetuate or modify the heritages these groups claim for themselves in their new environs. Clothey looks specifically at settlements in the cities of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; Mumbai, India; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Describing such settlements as communities living on boundaries, Clothey explores how their existence illustrates divisions between ethnic, local, and global identities; between generations; and between imagined pasts and uncertain futures. He contends that one of the most visible ways expatriated communities negotiate these boundaries is through the use of ritual - the building of shrines and temples, the use of festivals and performances, and the enactment of ancient ceremonies.
Categories: Religion