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Ceremonial literature
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1. Ceremonial as a readable system of signs

The concept of Ceremonial (from Latin caerimonia, French cérémonial) denotes forms, rules, and behaviors that were valued as necessary and constitutive in respect of standardized, often solemnized actions in the course of social intercourse, political processes, and religious events. To this extent, it is reasonable to call ceremonial a “semiotic supe…

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Niefanger, Dirk, “Ceremonial literature”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030755>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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