Sociocultural anthropologists have taken increasing interest in the global communities established by Roman Catholic and Protestant churches, but the many streams of Eastern Christianity have so far been neglected. Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective fills this gap in the literature. The essays in this pioneering collection examine the primary distinguishing features of the Eastern traditions—iconography, hymnology, ritual, and pilgrimage—through meticulous ethnographic analysis. Particular attention is paid to the revitalization of Orthodox and Greek Catholic churches that were repressed under Marxist-Leninist regimes.
Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective
The Other Christianity?
Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz
Other for Whom?
The title of the introduction to this volume mimics the habit, common in the recent past in some parts of the West, of referring to the socialist bloc as "the other Europe." Otherness is a matter of perspective, and symbolic geographies are always contingent. Political boundaries between East and West have seldom coincided with religious boundaries. During the cold war, socialist countries such as Poland and Hungary belonged to the West in terms of their dominant