Emotional climates: Ritual, seasonality and affective disorders

Simon Harrison

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    This article discusses resemblances between the religious symbolism of the annual cycle in certain societies, and seasonally linked mood disorders (notably seasonal affective disorder, or SAD) in contemporary Europe and North America.Two conclusions are drawn: first, that the ritual and symbolism connected with seasonality in some societies may be partly motivated by neurophysiology; second, that SAD is a culture-bound syndrome limited to societies that generate disjunctions between `social' and `natural' time.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)583-602
    JournalJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Sept 2004


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