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Dayna S. Kalleres

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276475

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276475.001.0001

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The Devil Is in the Ritual

The Devil Is in the Ritual

(p.51) 2 The Devil Is in the Ritual
City of Demons

Dayna S. Kalleres

University of California Press

This chapter is in two parts. Part 1 considers several different passages scattered throughout John Chrysostom’s corpus, in which he carefully constructs the diabolization of different ritual practices throughout the city—such as remedia, Greco-Roman festivals, Jewish high holy festivals, and Kalends. He constructs the demonic taint of ritual; anyone who engages in these practices contracts demonic contagion and is intellectually, rationally impaired. Part 2 considers Chrysostom’s Baptismal Instructions, in which he presents a pre-baptismal exorcistic regimen and baptismal ritual that are steeped in the same language and imagery of intellectual/rational demonic impairment. As he explains, baptismal training cleanses the mind and fortifies it against additional corruption, and it prepares the baptized for spiritual warfare.

Keywords:   exorcism, baptism, John Chrysostom, demons, possession, Antioch, ritual

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