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Sacred Action Rites and Rituals
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Purpose of Rites and Rituals Religion = to re-connect Sacred actions create and express a spiritual connection to the sacred Sacred actions create and express a connection to community (social dimension of religion) Connections across space and time Bringing people together to remember the past and celebrate the present Marking these occasions as special, imbuing them with the presence of the sacred
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Characteristics of Rites and Rituals As actions, sacred rites and rituals are: Performative (something we do) Formulaic (follow a script, a formula) Repetitive: on a daily, weekly, annual time frame (“periodic” or calendrical – holy days) from generation to generation (life cycle events) Re-enactments and/or commemorations of historical events Marking the cycles of time, seasonal changes
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Kinds of Sacred Actions Rites of passage/life cycle events Periodic/calendrical events (“Holy Days”) Daily and personal ritual practices
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Rites of Passage Marking our passage through life: Birth rituals (e.g. baptism) Coming of age rituals (e.g. Bar Mitzvah)
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course REL 101 taught by Professor Ernst during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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