LIMINALITY: RECENT AVATARS OF THIS NOTION IN A SOUTH AFRICAN CONTEXT

Cas Wepener

Abstract


The main research question of this article concerns the value of the concept of
liminality and its concomitant concepts such as communitas for liturgical studies in
South Africa by the year 2012 as pertaining to the wider South African social
context. Firstly a brief general historical overview of the origins of the concept and
its avatars is provided, followed by discussion of the functioning of the concept in
theological literature as it operated during four different periods in recent South
African history. Throughout the historical survey ritual examples based on the
author’s own experiential truth are provided to illustrate the points made, as well as
a selection from the oeuvre of the South African poet and author Antjie Krog.

Keywords


Liturgy; Ritual; Liminality; Communitas; Reconciliation; South Africa; Victor Turner

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/110-0-118

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