Juliet du Boulay
Title: Cosmos, Life, and Liturgy in a Greek Orthodox Village
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Denise Harvey Editions / Distributed by Greecde In Print January 2009
9607120256 / 9789607120250
Seller ID: 93101
Cosmos, Life, and Liturgy/i> sets after revealing the inner world of an Orthodox Christian village in Greece, corresponding beautifully with Du Boulay's first book, Portrait of a Greek Mountain Village, which considers the external pattern of this life. Juliet Du Boulay's work is of the deepest anthropology--more specifically, ethnography (an exploration of cultural phenomena that reflects the knowledge and system of meaning guiding the life of a cultural group). This particularity does not, however, detract from the book's appeal; rather, it creates the sense of being at the very center of the world--a member of a community undamaged and whole, built around the deep structure of Orthodox faith and still influenced by fragments of Greek and Jewish antiquity. Beginning with the assertion 'that this world is created and upheld by God,' Du Boulay portrays a rich, rural life that manifests the polarity of good and evil not only throughout creation but also in the rituals of the Liturgy. In this world, man has been set in the middle, 'between the heights of the skies and the hollows of the earth, on whom the sun shines and for whom the waters flow...the centre where all things meet. The consequence of this cosmology is profound, for...actions that are conducted within this scheme, however small, can never ultimately be meaningless.' She proceeds through the rituals and meanings of time, work, hospitality, family, death, and mourning before attending to an earthy exposition of Orthodox theology as manifest in the saints, the Mother of God, the incarnate Christ, and 'the dance of life' encompassed within Orthodox culture and the liturgy. The microcosm of the Greek village powerfully illustrates how 'the liturgy in eternity, the liturgy in the Church, and the liturgy in the community have to resonate together if the cosmos is to become one.'