Religionfinal - time. In the Islamic religion there is the...

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Dr. Hugh Urban CS 270 Final Exam Essay Question # 4 A ritual is an act or series of acts regularly repeated in a set precise manner (Merriam- Webster). The Native American Church is centered on the ritual of the peyote ceremony. The peyote is regarded by followers a sacramental substance that has supernatural powers. During the ceremony, followers sit on the ground, in a circle, and pass around the peyote, ingesting it. After ingesting the peyote their senses become “enhanced”. It is in this enhanced state that they believe they can communicate with god. There are two different versions of the ceremony, the half moon and the big moon. With the half moon being more traditional and the big moon being mixed with Christianity. In both versions the purpose is to come together to pray for something or someone for the majority of the
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Unformatted text preview: time. In the Islamic religion there is the ritual of Salah, the five daily prayers. This ritual is required by all adult Muslims to show their devotion to god (Allah). To follow this daily ritual one is suppose to pray in the Arab language in the direction of the city of Mecca at dawn, noon, midafternoon, sunset, and evening. Applying David Stone Wilsons evolutionary theory would say that rituals came out of need. If religion was formed out of need, then so where the rituals that go along with them. Rituals would be the purpose of religion. The rituals are what bring people together socially and set the way of the normal. Also without rituals people would be lost on how to obtain there divinity....
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