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Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective$
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Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520260559

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520260559.001.0001

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Ex Oriente Lux, Once Again

(p.351) Epilogue
Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

Chris Hann

Hermann Goltz

University of California Press

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”.

Keywords:   Eastern Christianity, Christians, ritual practice, anthropological study

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