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Musi Nde Rituals, Symbols, and Myths of Buddhists February 18, 2008 Religion 100 “Religion is a system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods and motivations in people (Geertz).” It is through symbols, rituals, and myths that religions are expressed in their various forms. Buddhism is one such religion in which symbols and rituals hold great meaning. Buddhism also has several myths that are used to tell traditional stories that explain certain phenomena and social traditions of the religion. A ritual, defined in its strictest term, is a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of actions performed in a prescribed order to evoke a powerful, pervasive, and lasting mood within the people, as Geertz stated. Though there are many variations of Buddhism, it can be stated with great certainty that Buddhists find rituals to be meaningful and to have very special purpose among the community. For example, the Tibetan Buddhists have The Book of the Dead in which the dead are guided to a restful afterlife. The Tibetan Book of the Dead is read by lamas, the Tibetan teachers of Dharma. The Book of the Dead, better known to the Tibetan Buddhist as the Bardo Thodol, is meant to liberate the souls of
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course REL_OX 100 taught by Professor Mullen during the Spring '08 term at Emory.

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