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Bibil Identifier bibil:201106
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) The Invention of Sacred Tradition
Title (English, Abbreviation) Invention of Sacred Tradition
Editor Lewis, James R.
Editor Hammer, Olav
Year (Publication) 2007
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2007
Year (Copyright) 2007
Year (Reference) 2007
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UPA 50586
Place 291
Publishing house Cambridge University Press
Place Cambridge et al.
ISBN 978-0-521-86479-4
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xi Pages
306 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract The dictionary definition of tradition refers to beliefs and practices that have been transmitted from generation to generation, however, 'tradition' can rest simply on the claim that certain cultural elements are rooted in the past. Claim and documented historical reality need not overlap. In the domain of religion, historically verifiable traditions coexist with recent innovations whose origins are spuriously projected back into time. This book examines the phenomenon of 'invented traditions' in religions ranging in time from Zoroastrianism to Scientology, and geographically from Tibet to North America and Europe. The various contributions, together with an introduction that surveys the field, use individual case studies to address questions such as the rationale for creating historical tradition for one's doctrines and rituals; the mechanisms by which hitherto unknown texts can enter an existing corpus; and issues of acceptance and scepticism in the reception of dubious texts.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Diachronic Methods : History of Religious Traditions (Traditions- & Religionsgeschichte)
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