Communitas pp 23-42 | Cite as

Festivals: July 4th, Carnival, and Clown

  • Edith Turner
Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)


Victor Turner said that in a great celebration, a community is sending a proboscis out of itself, a long arm reaching up high with an eye on the end of it that turns around and looks at itself, fascinated. This is: “we the people” seeing the people as multiple versions of “each other,” an entity that is entirely beneficial to gaze on and enjoy when the vision is upon us—and it is love, communitas.


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© Edith Turner 2012

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