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The Sacred Oath of a Secret Ritual: Performing Authority and Submission in the Mafia Initiation Ceremony

Merlino, R. (2013) The Sacred Oath of a Secret Ritual: Performing Authority and Submission in the Mafia Initiation Ceremony. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts (17).

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Abstract

This article draws on socio-anthropological theories of ritual and performance to analyse the initiation ceremony of the Sicilian mafia in relation to questions of power, authority and submission. In particular, it looks at the oath of loyalty sworn during the ceremony as a highly symbolic ritual practice which contributes to maintaining and strengthening the social structure of the group and its collective identity.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Arts and Humanities > School of Modern Languages
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2015 02:49
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2015 02:49
ISSN: 1749-9771
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/5699
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