Secular Rituals

Authored by: Margit Warburg

The Ashgate Research Companion to Anthropology

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754677031
eBook ISBN: 9781315612744
Adobe ISBN: 9781317044116


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It is a sunny afternoon, the newly married couple is standing outside the city hall and is greeted by the guests. At the sidewalk a car is waiting, for this occasion it may often be a rented limousine or an open sports car decorated with pieces of white tissue symbolizing the bridal veil. It is not any car, it is a ritual carriage. After the greetings, the bride and groom walk towards the car in a shower of rice thrown by the guests.

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