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Archiv für Religionsgeschichte

Ed. by Bickel, Susanne / Frankfurter, David / Johnston, Sarah Iles / Pironti, Gabriella / Rüpke, Jörg / Scheid, John / Várhelyi, Zsuzsanna

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An Anatomy of Tradition: The Case of the Charitêsion

Theodore S. de Bruyn
Published Online: 2015-11-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arege-2014-0005


This paper traces continuity and change in the structure and formulation of Demotic, Greek, and Coptic charitêsia (“good luck charms”) in Roman Egypt. Drawing on the theoretical work of Roy Rappaport and Catherine Bell, it argues that the producers of these charms created a sense of tradition by echoing and modulating pre-established forms of incantation. The resulting products combined both elasticity and specificity so as to be at once recognizable in a broad cultural context and relevant to specific audiences.

Keywords: amulets; charitêsion; Roman Egypt; ritual

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Published Online: 2015-11-03

Published in Print: 2015-11-13

Citation Information: Archiv für Religionsgeschichte, Volume 16, Issue 1, Pages 31–50, ISSN (Online) 1868-8888, ISSN (Print) 1436-3038, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arege-2014-0005.

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