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Preventive Measures And "Quality Control"

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Most traditions are not only aware of the inherent riskiness of ritual performances but also provide for strategies to avoid negative consequences arising from errors or mistakes in ritual. On the one hand, it seems that most traditions develop such strategies, but on the other no two of these strategies are alike: here, again, the context determines the concrete form of the measures. In Johanna Bus's case study, as in many other textual traditions, the possibility of mistakes and consequently 'doctrinal failure' is excluded through reparation or atonement rituals, which are part and parcel of the rituals proper. Eftychia Stavrianopoulou's paper Ensuring Ritual Competence in Ancient Greece. A Negotiable Matter: Religious Specialist" focuses on the connection between the possibility of flawed performance and the definition of 'competence' with regard to ritual specialists in Ancient Greek cults.

Keywords: Eftychia Stavrianopoulou; Johanna Bus; ritual quality; textual traditions



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