Nonetheless, this performance and the pathos it evoked had the result of sacralising
women's bark cloth painting for the Omie and for their audience, in the most expansive sense.
Durkheim represents this as a sacrifice--"setting apart and forbidding" (i.e., sacralising
What she alighted on, in these pre-9/11 essays, was the way a populist visual rhetoric of nationalism--a visual rhetoric one might describe as fusing the technological sublime with the sacralising
of spectacle--expressed and helped enable a fascist turn in India.
Once again, Mathuray goes beyond a sacred/profane dualism, as he identifies "simultaneously secularising and sacralising
perspectives: the double binds of the emergent postcolony, the subject of an uneven and conflicted modernity" (89; my emphasis).
This ethos accommodated meritocratic privilege in civil society, sacralising
the Calvinistic principle that civic privilege was not inherited but earned, including by the 'lad (occasionally lass) o' parts'.
Lineal ties with dead and live ancestors were symbolised and activated in behaviour that perhaps links secure personal identity with a sacralising
of bodily, genetic ties with the dead.
He has a chapter on 'Sacralising
the profane, profaning the sacred' in the book, Negotiating the sacred, published by the Australian National University this year.