Cosmos, Life and Liturgy in a Greek Orthodox Village

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Cosmos, Life, and Liturgy in a Greek Orthodox Village.

Juliet Du Boulay.

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Cosmos, Life, and Liturgy in a Greek Orthodox Village.
Juliet Du Boulay.

Winner of the Anglo-Hellenic League 2009 Sir Steven Runciman Award.
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In 1974 Juliet du Boulay published her first work, Portrait of a Greek Mountain Village, now considered a classic text for the anthropology of Modern Greece. This sequel adds new dimensions to this portrait, exploring the all-encompassing religious awareness of the same village community, and its rootedness in both Orthodox Christian and pre- or non-Christian ideas and practices. The story is told through a steady development of rich ethnographic detail in which the people come to life in all their vitality, contradictoriness, humour, realism and courage. From the particularities of life in the village a picture is built up in which the Byzantine legacy intertwines with fragments of antiquity, both Greek and Jewish, and with the universal themes, both tragic and hopeful, which confront man as he struggles to make sense of life. In this way a compelling pattern of symbols and images is revealed which underpin every action and event in the human and natural spheres, and is described here lucidly, convincingly and with great affection. 'A lovely work of ethnographic art . . . the book is virtually unsurpassed in its careful but not laborious coherence and overall development of exposition that convincingly extends the network of significant connections and at the same time presses the analysis deeper towards the ultimate grounds of Greek village imagination.' Rodney Needham, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, All Souls College, Oxford.
'In this remarkable volume, a sequel to her acclaimed study of a Greek mountain village, Juliet du Boulay shows the place of Orthodoxy in villagers thinking. She explores the way their faith is woven into the details of their lives, especially in the imagery of the round dance, a symbol in both village and Orthodox tradition of blest communal living. The result is fascinating.' Fr Andrew Louth, Professor of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, University of Durham.

Includes many black and white photographs.

Soft cover, 462 pages, 13 x 21 cms,

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Author Juliet du Boulay
Pages 462
Cover Soft
Width (mm) 130
Height (mm) 210

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