What are rituals?


A ritual "is a form of prescribed and elaborated behavior and occurs both as the spontaneous inventions of the individual especially of the compulsion neurotic, and as a culture trait." It may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community.

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Some articles on rituals:

Christoph Wulf - Historical Anthropology - The Berlin Study of Rituals and Gestures
... The rediscovery of rituals After spending 15 years pursuing the diachronic perspective in his anthropological research, starting at the beginning of the ... The focus of this work was the research of rituals and gestures in the four central socialization areas school, family, peer group, and media ... Within the scope of the special Center of Collaborate Research “Cultures of the Performative”, rituals in upbringing, education, and socialization were ...
Rituals - See Also
... Ritualization Ritualism Religion Symbolic boundaries Collective identity Battle trance Sexual ritual Superstition Myth and ritual Religious symbolism Reverence (emotion) Taiwanese chicken-beheading rituals ...
Midwifery In Maya Society - Rituals
... One ritual must be performed when subsequent children die, since it is believed that the first-born child (often born with a double whorl on the umbilical cord ... At the end of the bed rest week the midwife must perform her final cleansing rituals, thus signaling the end of her services ... The final ritual that must be performed is the sweeping and cleaning of the room before she leaves ...
Symbolic Behavior - Types of Rituals - Rituals of Belonging and Exclusion
... Once an individual is a part of an organization, there are rituals of belonging and exclusion (Harris Nelson 2008, p ... Belonging rituals are indications that one is being accepted within the organization and or work group (Harris Nelson 2008, p ...
Sri Vadaraja Perumal Temple, Coimbatore - Rituals
... Various religious and social rituals are held on daily basis at the temple premises ... Priests and temple management ensure all the rituals are performed with immense devotion and respect ...

Famous quotes containing the word rituals:

    Traditions are the “always” in life—the rituals and customs that build common memories for children, offer comfort and stability in good times and bad, and create a sense of family identity.
    Marian Edelman Borden (20th century)

    We become male automatically because of the Y chromosome and the little magic peanut, but if we are to become men we need the help of other men—we need our fathers to model for us and then to anoint us, we need our buddies to share the coming-of-age rituals with us and to let us join the team of men, and we need myths of heroes to inspire us and to show us the way.
    Frank Pittman (20th century)

    We rarely quote nowadays to appeal to authority ... though we quote sometimes to display our sapience and erudition. Some authors we quote against. Some we quote not at all, offering them our scrupulous avoidance, and so make them part of our “white mythology.” Other authors we constantly invoke, chanting their names in cerebral rituals of propitiation or ancestor worship.
    Ihab Hassan (b. 1925)