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Oral Bricolage And Ritual Context In The Golden Tablets

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This paper deals with bricolage and addresses two related questions: first, whether and to what extent one should keep and respect the epichoric textual variants or reconstruct an original model, of which the individual documents would be more or less corrupted accounts; and, second, whether and to what extent can one reconstruct special cultural and religious contexts that could explain the different attitudes of the poetic and the relationship between actors and spectators involved in rituals of which we otherwise have scant evidence. The author concludes by saying that the communicative ways expressed in the different golden tablets, as well as the rhythmic forms used at each occasion and the way in which single thematic points appear to have been selected and developed, helped to establish different scenarios and different pragmatic purposes of these texts, which only in their whole ritual frame disclosed their fullest meaning.

Keywords: dead; epichoric; golden tablets; leaves; oral bricolage; ritual context



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