The religion practiced by the gods is both like and unlike human religious action seen from within the religious tradition gods are not big people but other than human human ritual is directed outward to a divine being but the gods practice ritual on their own behalf. Religion of the gods ritual paradox and reflexivity kimberley christine patton in many of the worlds religions both polytheistic and monotheistic a seemingly enigmatic and paradoxical image is found that of the god who worships. Divinely performed ritual is a self reflexive self expressive action that signals the origin of ritual in the divine and not the human realm above all divine ritual is generative both instigating and inspiring human religious activity the religion practiced by the gods is both like and unlike human religious action. Religion of the gods ritual paradox and reflexivity kimberley c patton this text seeks to explain an enigmatic image common to many of the world religions both polytheistic and monotheistic that of the god who worships. Kimberley christine patton 2009 religion of the gods ritual paradox and reflexivity
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