Balancing Act: A Discussion of Gender Roles within Wiccan Ritual, A
This presentation argues that the liminal space of Wiccan ritual modifies practitioners' gender roles by inscribing both masculine and feminine roles upon the individual to create balance. Under Victor Turner's theory of liminality ritual becomes a function of society that helps fulfill a social need to be outside normal social processes, including gender roles. Ritual is a way of stepping outside of normal time and space to create and live the ideal, if only for a moment, that is nearly impossible to realize in everyday life. Every aspect of Wiccan ritual is aimed towards enacting and embodying ...
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