P231
Ritual and emotions in contemporary religions

Convenors:
Carlos Almeida (Centro de História da Universidade de Lisboa)
Location:
Tower B, Piso 3, Room T13
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel focuses on the role of emotional expressions as a central element of the ritual experiences. The authors analyze the feelings' capacity to give sense to individual experiences of the sacred, as their contribution to the collective memories and identities, in different cultural contexts.

Long abstract:

In the recent religious experiences, rituals have been reinvested to fashion a renewed way of communicate with the divine. Due to the revisit of old traditions or to the invention of new modalities, the individual and its intimate experience have taken a central place in this kind of rituals systems. This panel focuses on the role of emotional expressions as a central element of the ritual experiences. The authors analyze the capacity to give sense to individual experiences of the sacred, and their contribution to the creation of collective memories and identities. On the other hand, they explore the way in which rituals can appear as a specific and adequate tool to make possible the contact with the other world.