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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Indian and Chinese Religions Compared Unit and Ritual Studies Unit

Call for Papers: 

We are seeking papers for a session on ritual theory in India and China. What theories have Indian and Chinese intellectuals formulated to explain rituals? What function do rituals serve? How and why do they work? Are there necessary ingredients, and if so, what? To what extent are these theories context-specific, and to what extent might they yield insights that could be applied outside their original contexts? Comparative proposals are welcome, as are proposals focusing on a particular tradition or thinker from either India or China. Examples include (but are by no means limited to) ritual theory in the Brāhmaṇas, Mīmāṃsā theories, Confucian debates on li 禮, Daoist ritual theories, Daoxuan’s 道宣 theoretical framework, etc.

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Process: 
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