Monday, July 16, 2007

Reduction of ritual

~Joseph Campbell in Power of Myth
Campbell: There’s been a reduction of ritual. Even in the Roman Catholic church, my God — they’ve translated the Mass out of ritual language and into a language that has a lot of domestic associations. The Latin of the Mass was a language that threw you out of the field of domesticity. The altar was turned so that the priest’s back was to you, and with him you addressed yourself outward. Now they’ve turned the altar around — it looks like Julia Child giving a demonstration — all homey and cozy.

Moyers: And they play a guitar.

Campbell: They play a guitar. They've forgotten that the function of ritual is to pitch you out, not to wrap you back to where you have been all the time.
It's on this DVD. Campbell was not Catholic.

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