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Title: Structures of Rituals
Subtitle: Rules and Creativity
Author(s): CHIBUKU, Patrick C.
Journal: Questions Liturgiques/Studies in Liturgy
Volume: 86    Issue: 2-3   Date: 2005   
Pages: 188-202
DOI: 10.2143/QL.86.2.2003211

Abstract :
The focus of this article will be on the structure of rituals within the context of African Traditional Religion. It will deal extensively with divination and the role of diviners as an indispensable determinant factor in evolving soothing structures of rituals for every life's conflict and its resolution. The African Christian find himself or herself in two worlds, thus giving rise to two different structures of rituals: African Structures of Rituals and Christian structures of Rituals. These will be reviewed against the backdrop of the overall aim of the Conference. The result of the review logically brings us to the crux of the matter in this topic namely, the compatibility or the incompatibility of rules and creativity in relation to the evolution of structures of rituals. In what sense can rules and creativity be understood and rightly applied within evolving structures of rituals? Can one deal with rules in the strict sense of closeness which admit of no flexibility or creativity? Is creativity possibile without rules? What are the limits of each of these?

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