Rituals of royalty and the elaboration of ceremony in Oman: View from the edge

Dawn Chatty

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Abstract

Ceremony and elaborate protocols are commonly associated with kingship, authority, and power. The pageantry associated with the British monarchy in its public ceremonials, for example, is imbued with a sense of an ancient past. Yet, these traditions are recent inventions derived from the late Victorian period. Traditions, particularly Western practices, are often made up, choreographed, and then formally instituted in a matter of a few years, rapidly gaining a sense of permanence. Sometimes entirely new symbols and devices are invented to confirm gravitas and substance and to serve as rallying points for the new entity (e.g., Marianne, John Bull, or Uncle Sam).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-58
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Middle East Studies
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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