Accepted Paper:

Transformations of the exorcism ritual in the Roman-Catholic and Orthodox doctrines  

Author:

Alexandru Rusu (Babes-Bolyai University)

Paper short abstract:

The aim of this study is to highlight the aspects that can demonstrate, through comparison, the transformations and the differences between the two religious doctrines, as well as the impact on the community and individual.

Paper long abstract:

This study analyses the transformations that occurred in the exorcism ritual of the Roman-Catholic and Orthodox churches throughout the ages and until the present day. Beyond the approaches of the media, the interest for the exorcism ritual exerts a major impact on society. Additionally as a result of "special" cases, the ritual has driven changes in religious doctrine which in turn influenced the ritual and its perception in society. An historical, religious and sociologic interpretation might increase the understanding of the reasons which generated these transformations.

The aim of this study is to highlight the aspects that can demonstrate, through comparison, the transformations and the differences between the two religious doctrines, as well as the impact on the community and individual.

Panel Reli005
The transformation of traditional rituals: imposed change or natural evolution? (Ritual Year SIEF Working Group panel)