Anthropology today mainly focuses on uncommon religious sites, but ordinary, classical worship routines also survive, or change due to social and migration dynamics. What happens nowadays with worship routines and what are the tools we can use to understand such discrete religious changes?
Anthropology, ethnology, and folklore have been focused on religious activities and places, which were unusual, marginal, singular, or simply out of the line with common and daily religious life. Ethnographies of popular religion, ways of pilgrimage, international shrines, shared sites, contested places, displaced religiosity, etc. give access to social, symbolic, or cultural dynamics, functions, and structures in very different, rich, and composite contexts.
However, ordinary worship routines follow their own path and also react to social and historical events and transformations. Secularisation of European societies, heritage politics, tourism flows, migration, religious co-existence in urban regions, or new religious movements expressions challenge daily religious practices and ordinary worship routines.
What are the ethnographic tools we can use to catch these discrete and banal evolutions? What can we learn from the extensive literature on extraordinary places of worship and alternative religions? What is the legacy of classical folklore studies on popular religion?
Grounded on a series of European cases studies in a comparative perspective, this round-table comes back on the power of ethnography to describe and understand, the practices, places and material contexts of daily religious activities.