Circumambulation

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Circumambulation

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

To circumambulate is to move clockwise around a ritual circle. Normally the casting of the circle (see Circle) is always done deosil, first with the sword or athamé,

then with salted water and finally with the censer. In many Wiccan traditions, the coven members may only move clockwise (deosil), never counterclockwise (widdershins). In other covens, there is freedom of movement in both directions.

Circumambulation is also known as the "holy round" and the "sunwise turn" and is not exclusive to Witchcraft. Such movement is recognized by various groups as magical, bringing good luck, protection, and protracted life.

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Kapoor's Hive fills the gallery to bursting, all the while maintaining a curious, inviting intimacy by conjuring a hollow space which one must circumambulate the sculpture to discover.
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The book ends with a startling contrast between the protagonist, Aisha, on television, and her childhood friend musing on the call to prayer, as it "moves perpetually over the surface of the earth, just as the last verse of the Qur'an leads to the first, just as the pilgrims in Mecca circumambulate the Ka-aba throughout time" (150).
The earlier argument focuses on one specific, and undoubtedly very important, form of popular devotion: the pilgrimage to a holy well which the pilgrim would circumambulate clockwise a specified number of times, often negotiating a rocky path on bare feet or knees.
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I tried, just as an experiment, to circumambulate one of Sehgal's best-known pieces, Kiss, first presented in 2002, as it was shown here--a slow-motion clinch between a young heterosexual couple--taking nearer and more distant stances at various angles just as I would have done in an encounter with the Rodin bronze that has been cited as one of the work's central inspirations.