University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Melvin Hammarberg

Ritual Drama of Leadership Transition among Latter-day Saints

Research Notes

By: Melvin Hammarberg

Since the 1960s, anthropologists Clifford Geertz and Victor Turner have emphasized ritual as a cultural performance that employs symbolic actions and images to dramatize a certain worldview. Such a ritual performance took place after the recent death of Gordon B. Hinckley, the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), who died […]