ARCHIPELAGO ARCHIVES STUDY # 05

Unpacking the Ritual-Spiritual Complex



The ideas of ritual and spiritual strike such seeming polarities as action-thought, pragmatic-esoteric, concrete-abstract. Yet both ideas have somehow come to describe many traditions of dance around the Indian Ocean rim.

For the better part of this century, a culture of ‘scientism’ has systematically undermined the labour-of-ritual, while often engaging the idea-of-spiritual in conceptual conversation, such as those you had with J.Krishnamurti.

(Excerpt from letters to David Bohm)
Image: Flame torch, Lalithambigai temple (Thirumeyicur)

Mark