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„Demonstrative“ und „partizipative“ Ritualität: Totensonntagserinnern in einem deutschen und einem russischen Gottesdienst

  • This article explores how close one can come to a cultural-scientific perspective on the basis of a constitution-analytical methodology. We do this on the basis of a comparison of the celebration of Totensonntag in Zotzenbach (Southern Hesse) and Sarepta (Wolgograd). In both places, there are protestant churches that perform this ritual to commemorate the dead on this “Sunday of the Dead” as a part of their church service. Our scientific interest lies in the reconstruction of the rituality produced during the in situ execution. In both services, the names of the deceased are read out and a candle is lit for each deceased person. In Zotzenbach the priest reads out the names and an assistant ignites the candles for the deceased, whereas in Sarepta the bereaved are responsible for this. Since the ritual is organised in very different ways in terms of architecture-for-interaction (statically in Zotzenbach, spatially dynamic in Sarepta), we can reconstruct two completely different models of rituality: a demonstrative one (Zotzenbach) and a participative one (Sarepta). The demonstrative model works on the basis of a finely tuned coordination between the two church representatives and is aimed at a dignified execution. The model in Sarepta is not suitable for the production of formality due to its participatory structure. Here, however, the focus is also on the aspect of socialization, which goes beyond the church service and offers the Russian-German worshipers the opportunity to situationally constitute as a culturally homogeneous group.

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Author:Reinhold SchmittORCiDGND, Anna Petrova
Parent Title (German):Kulturwissenschaftliche Zeitschrift
Publisher:de Gruyter
Place of publication:Warschau, Polen
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2017
Date of Publication (online):2018/03/05
Tag:architecture-for-interaction; church service; multimodal interaction analysis; multimodality; rituality; social topography
GND Keyword:Evangelische Kirche; Ewigkeitssonntag; Gottesdienst; Interaktionanalyse; Multimodalität; Ritual
First Page:38
Last Page:75
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Program areas:Pragmatik
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International