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Introduction

Bernard Cooke and Gary Macy

in Christian Symbol and Ritual

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195154115
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195154118.003.0001
Introduction

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Rituals perform many important functions. They facilitate everyday human interaction as well as symbolize and celebrate the most important values of individuals, communities, and nations. Symbols and rituals, including the use of language itself, actually construct the human world, and it is only through symbols that we perceive both the world and ourselves. The symbols and rituals of the society in which we are a part shape even our experience of reality.

Keywords: reality; experience; community; perception

Chapter.  6553 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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