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Midterm Questions - 1 Describe some of the functions of and key features of religious ritual using particular examples whether Hindu practices

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1. Describe some of the functions of and key features of religious ritual, using particular examples, whether Hindu practices, Islamic practices, Jewish practices, or Native American religions. Some of the functions of religious rituals are: rights of passage, adoration, natural seasonal cycles, petition, penance, and re-enactments of sacred stories. The key features of religious rituals are to convey a sense of connection or communication with the sacred and to convey religious content throughout the generations. Ex: In Hindu practices, Ganesh Chaturthi which is the Birthday of Ganesh is celebrated throughout India in honor of the chosen deity. Multiple Pujas are conducted during the day which includes all members of the family maintaining religious beliefs through the generations. 2. Describe 3-5 details of a Jewish celebration of Passover, discussing the roles of sacred text, tradition, and history in the ritual. - There are four themes of Passover: slavery and freedom, four cups of wine, sedar, and focus on children. The role of the sacred text is important because the themes origins come from the Book of Exodus which describes Jewish ancestors’ repressed history. The tradition is for all participants of Passover to reconnect with their ancestors through these four themes. - There is an enumeration of the Ten Plagues which the Haggadah explores. The tradition is that each participant removes a drop of wine from their cup and songs of praise are sung. The history of this act is to commemorate the time of when the Jews were fled out of Egypt after the Tenth Plague had occurred. - The set-up of a Sedar table is with the finest place settings and silverware. The role of the sacred text is that each participant receives a copy of the Haggadah, which are instructions on a complete Sedar. Traditionally the person leading the Sedar will wear a white robe and men and women are equally obligated and eligible to participate. This is an occasion for praise and thanksgiving that the Jewish people are no longer slaves in Egypt. 3. Explain in detail how “The Red Tent” is a coming of age story. Explain the symbolism of the ritual described. “The Red Tent” is a coming of age story because it is about a female that is going through puberty and has just received her period for the first time. The community in which she lives in celebrates such events in a girl’s life because she has now entered womanhood. The symbolism of the ritual was to demonstrate the personal pain and suffering of ones body to a higher power, and the change of perspective of the main character.
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4. Using at least 2 examples from among the different prophets discussed in
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2011 for the course REL 2000 taught by Professor Yadalapadi during the Spring '07 term at LSU.

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Midterm Questions - 1 Describe some of the functions of and key features of religious ritual using particular examples whether Hindu practices

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