First published in 1972. A revival of interest in primitive religion has been one of the most marked characteristics of British social anthropology of recent years. Inspired by the work of Audrey Richards, whose writing on ritual contains many of the insights that have been developed in later studies, this volume uses material drawn from all over Africa and Polynesia. The contributors include: Raymond Firth, Esther Goody, Aidan Southall, R.G. Abrahams, Edwin Ardener, J.S. La Fontaine, Monica Wilson, Elizabeth Bott, Edmund Leach and P.H. Gulliver.
1. Introduction 2. Raymond Firth Verbal and bodily rituals of greeting and parting 3. Esther Goody 'Greeting', 'begging', and the presentation of respect 4. Aidan Southall Twinship and symbolic structure 5. R.G. Abrahams Spirit, twins, and ashes in Labwor, Northern Uganda 6. Edwin Ardener Belief and the problem of women 7. J.S. La Fontaine Ritualization of women's life-crises in Bugisu 8. Monica Wilson The Wedding cakes: a study of ritual change