By Margo Kitts

In Sanctified Violence in Homeric Society, Margo Kitts makes a speciality of oath-making narratives present in the Iliad during which she articulates a concept of ritualized violence. She analyzes ritual paradigms, metaphors, fictions, and poetic registers as oath-making rules, which she then lines via Homeric references and texts from the traditional New East. Discussing ritual positive aspects which are universal to acts of non secular violence in the course of the global, Kitts uses the speculation of formality functionality as communique.

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Nonetheless – and this is the third and most important consideration that helps to temper the seeming contradiction between the suppression of personal emotions and the formalization of personal commitments – the very formality of the ritual may engage the ritual actor in the ritual’s terms, based on the affective force of ritualization itself. 60 This may be a publically perceived fact, but that there are variant degrees of personal engagement already has been argued. Yet, if ritual performances do not quite create a personalized fusion with conventions for actors, ritualization does exert a forceful influence, an influence that may be argued to correspond in degree to a ritual’s formalization.

60 This may be a publically perceived fact, but that there are variant degrees of personal engagement already has been argued. Yet, if ritual performances do not quite create a personalized fusion with conventions for actors, ritualization does exert a forceful influence, an influence that may be argued to correspond in degree to a ritual’s formalization. One might begin to explain this forceful influence by observing that the formality in ritual performance all by itself may influence the performer, who recognizes and intuitively responds to a traditional authority expressed by that formality.

Paul Ricoeur, Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences: Essays on Language, Action and Interpretation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1981) 158. 22 Epics, Rituals, Rituals in Epic cultural experiences, quite in addition to any imagined relevance to ritual practices during an age of heroes. It is this interactive nature of the oral traditional text that encourages exploration of ritual scenes for the farreaching symbolic matrices those scenes may have attracted to the text from actual cultural practices in antiquity.

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