ANTH101 Week 11 Religion and Ritual November 10, 2009 I. Ritual – Highly formalized and often repetitive a. Ritual and Religion i. Ritual is the way you live your religion ii. Large connection between ritual, religion, and myths 1. Ritual gives religion/mythic narratives meaning in every day life 2. Symbolic Elements b. Rites of Passage (pgs 220-224) i. Ritual that marks the transition between one socially defined stage to another 1. Marriage, Birth, Graduation, Bar Mitzvah, etc. ii. The stages of a rite of passage (Van Gennep and Turner) 1. Separation – people going through the rite of passage is separated from community 2. Transition/Liminal Stage – Process of moving from one
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