Singing the Right Way: Orthodox Christians and Secular by Jeffers Engelhardt

By Jeffers Engelhardt

Singing the correct manner enters the realm of Orthodox Christianity in Estonia to discover musical sort in worship, cultural id, and social mind's eye. via either ethnographic and ancient chapters, writer Jeffers Engelhardt unearths how Orthodox Estonians supply voice to the non secular absolute in secular society. in accordance with a decade of fieldwork, Singing the suitable Way strains the sounds of Orthodoxy in Estonia during the Russian Empire, interwar nationwide independence, the Soviet-era, and post-Soviet integration into the eu Union. drawing close Orthodoxy via neighborhood understandings of right perform and proper trust, Engelhardt exhibits how non secular wisdom, nationwide id, and social transformation remove darkness from find out how to "sing the suitable means" and thereby discover the fullness of Estonians' Orthodox Christian religion in context of daily, secular atmosphere. Singing the precise Way is an cutting edge version of ways the musical poetics of latest non secular varieties are rooted in either constant sacred culture and contingent secular adventure. This landmark research is certain to be a vital textual content for students learning the ethnomusicology of religion.

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