The Nature and Function of Rituals: Fire from Heaven


Rituals define crisis situations and guide participants through transitional phases of their lives. Since prehistoric times, they have resolved existential fears and reenacted the mystical event of experiencing the "fire from heaven." The essays in this collection help modern readers understand the nature and function of rituals in human society from earliest times to the present.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Ruth-inge Heinze
  • Anoop Chandola
  • Vladimir I. Lonesov
  • Victoria J. Baker
  • Deema De Silva
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000