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Characteristics and Functions of Rituals

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/10.1093/0195154118.003.0002
Characteristics and Functions of Rituals

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The study of symbols and rituals raise several problems given their ambiguous nature and central importance to human communities. This chapter discusses the problems of objectivity in describing rituals, the relationship of power to rituals, their ambiguous nature, and their uniqueness. It introduces the areas of human life in which rituals play a central role: maturation, friendship and marriage, meals, healing, and death and dying.

Keywords: ambiguity; power; maturation; friendship; marriage; meals; death; healing

Chapter.  6337 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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