Ex Oriente Lux, Once Again
This epilogue synthesizes the main themes of this book and extracts a more general message. It draws attention again to the significance of long-term continuities (real as well as imagined) for Eastern Christians. Ritual practice as a living tradition is fundamental to their identities, both as persons and as communities. It concludes that the study of Eastern Christianity presents a “coming of age” challenge for comparative anthropological science. Indeed, the broader aim with the research agenda initiated in this volume is simultaneously to free the category “East” from the political distortions of the Cold War era and to transcend the legacy of centuries of scholarly “Orientalism”.
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