Ritual Techniques: New Openings in Ritual and Liturgical Studies

The Juxtaposition of Ritual Worlds. Maintaining Relationship in Anglican Indigenous Christian Funerals





Canadian indigenous, Funerals, liturgical inculturation, ritual hybridity, Anglican Church of Canada


The juxtaposition and maintenance of inherited and indigenous rituals suggests there is something in each of those sources which are felt necessary to retain as both create and express identity and faith at the heart of the ritual processes. Counter to many conversations in liturgy which advocate for full inculturation as the goal, I suggest that acculturation, rather than inculturation, may be, for certain cultures and liturgies, the preferred ritual pattern, a ritual technique to continue two identities in the midst of diversity, especially in Christian communities who live in the ongoing reality of the move from colonialism to postcolonialism. To argue this assumption first requires a conversation between incarnationally-based inculturation and the newer conversation partners of hybridity and syncretism, placing that conversation in the context of colonial and postcolonial realities before turning to an example of acculturated funeral rituals amongst the Swampy Cree of Manitoba, Canada.


Author Biography

Lizette Larson-Miller

The Revd Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller completed her PhD in sacramental theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California and has taught for seven years at Huron University College (part of the University of Western Ontario) in the area of liturgical studies and sacramental theology. She is the past president of Societas Liturgica and the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation, and author of several books, including Sacramentality Renewed (2016).





Ritual Techniques: New Openings in Ritual and Liturgical Studies