Chapter

Realms of Meaning

Douglas C. Comer

in Ritual Ground

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1996 | ISBN: 9780520204294
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918702 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520204294.003.0002
Realms of Meaning

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This chapter looks at the realms of meaning, created through ritual, as they appeared and formed in both traditional and modern societies, explaining that, in ritual behavior, people influence one another by expression of all kinds and that the meanings of experiences always have something to do with relationships with other humans. It also discusses the neotenic characteristics of humans and their tendency to act out the role of the idealized parent, which serve as the basis for ritual. The chapter furthermore highlights the many similarities between the traditional and modern worlds, which indicate a fundamental sameness despite superficial differences.

Keywords: realms of meaning; ritual; modern societies; meanings of experiences; idealized parent

Chapter.  12095 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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