Scientific study of a modern ritual: Allerzielen Alom

Scientific study of a modern ritual: Allerzielen Alom van Sidestone Press

Door: Sidestone Press  12-07-2011
Trefwoorden: Boeken, Uitgeverij, Boek

Since 2005 Dutch artists Ida van der Lee’s Allerzielen Alom (or All Souls’ All Around) project, as well as its various offshoots, has flowered throughout the Netherlands. In doing so it has brought a diverse public of various ages and religious as well as non-religious backgrounds together at hospitably decorated cemeteries and crematoria. William Arfman, archaeologist and Scholar of religion, has studied this modern tradition. The results are published in his book Analysing Allerzielen Alom.


At the end of October or the beginning of November, after dusk, visitors were given various chances to commemorate their dearly departed using everyday objects to perform small ritual acts. Afterwards, strong feelings of togetherness were expressed, both with the other visitors as well as the deceased. The expressed feelings of being together with the dead in such public spaces, by congregations ranging into the thousands goes against claims regarding the growing individualisation, privatisation and disenchantment of our Western world. What then, is behind the success of this phenomenon? In his book Analysing Allerzielen Alom, Arfman is taking a grassroots approach to answering that and related questions: by combining concepts from the field of rituals studies with those from the field of material culture studies, he focusses on the roll of simple objects in the development as well as the success of Allerzielen Alom and its various offshoots. To achieve this, five different Allerzielen Alom or related celebrations were visited and their organisers interviewed. On the basis of that material an interesting image is formed of the fundamental importance of material culture in the development of a new emerging ritual tradition.



Analysing Allerzielen Alom. Material Culture in an Emerging Rite


Author: William R. Arfman

Category: Religion Studies, Rituals
ISBN: 978-90-8890-061-7

Language: English
Form: Paperback
No. pages: 78
Price: € 24,95 (Incl. VAT, excl. shipping)


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Trefwoorden: Academisch, Anthropologie, Archaeology, Boek, Boeken, Uitgever, Uitgeverij,

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