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Analysis of Ceremony, by Leslie Marmon Silko - People often feel that their opinions do not matter, that they cannot make a difference. This is untrue, one person does have the ability to change an outcome, halt or finalize a decision, and even build or destroy a culture. In the novel Ceremony, by Leslie Marmon Silko, this is witnessed in the character Auntie, a dominating, selfish woman who will do anything to gain a respectable status in the community. In an attempt to gain acceptance from both Native and Western societies, Auntie metaphorically "kills" her own child which in turn destroys the Native American culture....   [tags: Ceremony Essays] 411 words
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Leslie Silko's Ceremony - In Ceremony, Leslie Silko brilliantly crosses racial styles of humor in order to cure the foolish delusions readers may have, if we think we are superior to Indians or inferior to whites, or perhaps superior to whites or inferior to Indians. Silko plays off affectionate Pueblo humor against the black humor so prominent in 20th-century white culture. This comic strategy has the end-result of opening our eyes to our general foolishness, and also to the possibility of combining the merits of all races....   [tags: Ceremony Essays] 2125 words
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Silko's Ceremony and the Hermeneutic Circle - Silko's Ceremony and the Hermeneutic Circle         Ceremony is a novel meant to change us. It is a story, which instructs and enlightens, but it is also a tool for relating. It is useful in an extremely practical sense: It teaches us about being connected to our world, about difference and the other. These are only a couple of the possible tangible effects the book has on readers, and truly, the limiting factor in the number of possible uses for Ceremony is simply the number of individuals who read it....   [tags: Silko Ceremony]
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The Value of Narrative in Ceremony - The Value of Narrative in Ceremony      The story is the most powerful and most compelling form of human expression in Leslie Marmon Silko's novel Ceremony. Stories reside within every part of every thing; they are essentially organic. Stories are embedded with the potential to express the sublime strength of humanity as well as the dark heart and hunger for self destruction. The process of creating and interpreting stories is an ancient, ongoing, arduous, entangled, but ultimately rewarding experience....   [tags: Ceremony Essays]
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Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko - The novel Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko follows a young man, Tayo through his journey beginning when he returns home to the Laguna Pueblo Reservation, from World War Two; and is very ill. During the narrative Silko introduces us to Tayo's life before the war, which gives insight to reasons of why Tayo is ill. Through out his illness Tayo goes through many ceremonies both literally and metaphorically to try to cure his ailment. One of the ceremonies that is performed, is lead by Old Ku'oosh, the medicine man, where he performs a cleansing ceremony for someone who has killed someone in battle, even though Tayo doesn't recall killing anyone....   [tags: Ceremony Leslie Silko] 1660 words
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Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony - Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony Over the years, after wars and famine, peace-time and floods, few things have persisted to survive. Society, art, and other intangible objects as these are survivors of two millennia of human “progress”. Intelligent concepts and premises have also survived, as have emotions and morals. Even as these outstanding examples of humanity have survived, so have some less affirmative ideals lived on through our fore-bearers. Cultural, ideological, religious, and political supremacy are still abound today, as much as they were 50, 100, and even 5,000 years ago....   [tags: Leslie Marmon Silko Ceremony Racism Essays]
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Cultural Healing in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony - Cultural Healing in Ceremony     Leslie Marmon Silko is a Native American from New Mexico and is part of the Laguna tribe.  She received a MacArthur "genius" award and was considered one of the 135 most significant women writers ever.  Her home state has named her a living cultural treasure.  (Jaskoski, 1)  Her well-known novel Ceremony follows a half-breed named Tayo through his realization and healing process that he desperately needs when he returns from the horrors of World War II.  This is a process that takes him back to the history of his culture.        Tayo returns home when World War II ends in 1945.  He feels alienated from his home and hardly desires to live any lo...   [tags: Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony]
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A Wedding Ceremony: A Wedding Ceremony Foreshadowing Your Life - “I, take you, to be my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.” From a young age, girls think about the perfect wedding- everything from the perfect dress to the color scheme, venue design and the cake. Every girl aspires to have the perfect wedding including a perfect balance between her modern ideas and her family’s culture and traditions....   [tags: Literary Review] 2590 words
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The Cisaro Ceremony for the Kaluli People - ... The Kaluli, in the same way as they are nostalgic, are also very much a culture focused on reciprocal relations. For those experiencing this incredible grief and loss, being raised within a culture of reciprocity, it is appropriate to punish the performers for bringing on this pain and anger. What goes around must come back around again. They wish to get back at the performers because someone had taken their loved ones from them through an assault against their longhouse. The only way to express this reciprocity is to cause harm to the performer, so they grab the torches used to light the performance area and plunge the fired tip into the shoulder of the man performing....   [tags: culture, dancers, host, emotions] 1445 words
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My Experience at a Hindu Ceremony - I grew up in a Christian household and attended Catholic school most of my life. I do not consider myself to be a religious person; although I was confirmed as a Catholic. I still find myself interested and in tune with different beliefs. I was always curious about other religions. I decided to attend a Hindu ceremony for this assignment because I find this particular religion to be very interesting. I attended a ceremony at the temple of ISKCON, which stands for “The International Society for Krishna Consciousness”....   [tags: analyzing religious beliefs] 523 words
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Kinaalda: A Girl's Puberty Ceremony - There are a number of activities that take place during the ceremony and each part has its own purpose and significance. As a whole, the procession takes place over a course of four days and within a decent amount of time of the first menstruation. However, in the event of the child being away at boarding school they will go home immediately or if this is not an option then the ceremony must be postponed. The ordering of events take place over the course of the four days directly relate to the myth of the origins of Kinaalda....   [tags: Navajo society and religion]
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Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko - The inherent desire to belong to a group is one that is fundamental to human nature. In his article “Evolution and Our Inner Conflict,” Edward O. Wilson writes, “A person’s membership in his group – his tribe – is a large part of his identity.” Wilson explores multilevel group selection and the proclivity for people to define themselves based on their belonging to the group. He goes on to say that people often form these groups with those who look like them and belong to the same culture or ethnic group....   [tags: inherent desire to belong to a group] 858 words
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The Hindu Marriage Ceremony - ... Symbols are very important in a Hindu Marriage Ceremony. The bride of the wedding often wears clothes or jewellery to symbolise or remind her of particular roles that come with a marriage. An example of a symbol that women wear to symbolise they are married is toe rings. Married Hindu women wear toe rings to remind themselves of their marital status and the restrictions that come with being a married woman. Some other symbols worn by a woman is bangles. A married Hindu woman is prohibited from leaving her arms bare once she is married, therefore, she must wear bangles to signify that she is married....   [tags: traditions and beliefs in India] 619 words
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Buddhist Culture and Ceremony - My group and I were fantasied by the Buddhist culture because of its architecture and that is known to be culture that means of changing oneself in order to develop qualities such as wisdom, kindness, peace, as these qualities would led a better life. We can to observe if this is displayed in a Buddhist ceremony and the best way to observe Buddhist culture was by going to one of their ceremonies. We visited a temple called Fo Guang Shah to witness their every Sunday prayer. In this essay, I analyze the power displayed in the ceremony because ideology and ruling class by looking at Athusser’s interpellation and theory of hegemony by Antonia Gramsci....   [tags: spirituality, temple, ideology] 1105 words
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Rite of Passage Ceremony - ... I guess now, all the whispering and teasing would stop. I wish I could be as excited as the other girls but I can’t. I’m really worried about the last part of the ceremony when we go into our mother’s hut with the old women for the ritual cutting. When my older sister Tito did hers 4 years ago, I was allowed in the room so I could help hold the lantern for light. I haven’t been able to get the memories of that day out of my head. Crying during the procedure is considered a sign of weakness. You are supposed to be stoic so as not to bring shame on your father....   [tags: personal narrative] 1465 words
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Crossing The Line Ceremony - I was steaming across the Pacific Ocean onboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61). The sky was as dark blue as the ocean and it was hard to tell where the ocean stopped and the sky began. The captain announced over the 1MC that we would be crossing the Equator and the International Date Line in 3 days and we would be having a Crossing the Line Ceremony which is a very old maritime tradition dating back to the 19th century. It is very rare for a ship to cross the Equator and the International Date Line, a ship normally only gets to cross the Equator....   [tags: Personal Experience] 671 words
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Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony - The central conflict of Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony is Tayo's struggle to gain psychological wholeness in the face of various traumatic experiences, ranging from a troubled childhood to cultural marginalization and combat experiences during World War II. Throughout the novel, the key to Tayo's psychological recovery is his rediscovery of Native American cultural practices. Most of the crucial turning points in the novel occur when Tayo listens to, takes part in, or learns more about Native American cultural traditions....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Psychology] 1674 words
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Woodlawn Ceremony - Oremus: Absolve, quaesumus, Domine, animas famulorum famularumque tuarum et omnium fide-lium defunctorum, ab omni vinculo delictorum… It was a bleak fall morning when Sam Louis was entombed at Woodlawn cemetery. The sky was filled with tears and the firmament exploded with rumblings of thunder and lighting. Despite the foul weather, a lone crow was hovering in a circle high above the funeral gathering. No one was aware of its presence until it began to caw. Deborah Hernandez glanced up and instantly felt a cold fear gripping her heart....   [tags: Creative Writing Essay] 882 words
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The Preservation of Identity in Ceremony: Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony. - ... Native American culture is community based and Laura’s hatred of herself came to affect those around her. The people’s anger was focused “on the girl and her family” and Auntie is left to mend the bad bond between her family and the Laguna community. She can’t men this because “the feelings were twisted… and all the names for the source of this growth were buried under English words, out of reach” (Silko 69). Auntie also mentions “there would be no peace and the people would have no rest until the entanglement had been unwound” meaning that the Laguna people are losing themselves in white culture (Silko 69)....   [tags: change, tayo, native american practices]
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Gisaro Ceremony Among Kaluli Society - ... Reciprocity defines and shapes of all Kaluli social interactions, particularly the highly formalized ones in the Gisaro ceremony. In this ceremony, the Kaluli people view the reaction of the hosts as righteous and justified due to the role of reciprocity. Because of the strong negative emotional pain that the dancers cause their hosts, the hosts are permitted to punish them with the physical pain of the burning torches. Edward Shiefflen is referring to this practice when he titles his book on the Gisaro ceremony The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancers....   [tags: sing, dance, host, afterlife, food, reciprocity] 815 words
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Present Day Japanese Tea Ceremony - Present Day Japanese Tea Ceremony In Japanese culture, there are many traditions that are passed down from generation to generation and done in the same way as their ancestors. One of these traditions is the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The Japanese culture takes pride in traditions like this because it shows their culture and how customs were done in the past. But are these traditions necessary in today’s fast paced culture. In present day society, culture and tradition seem non-existent to the public, but to some people these traditions are very well alive....   [tags: Japanese Culture, Traditions, Ancestors, Tea]
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The Coronation Ceremony - The Coronation Ceremony The earliest accounts of a coronation ceremony in England date back to around the 750ís A.D. Spanning the last thousand years, the English coronation ceremony has remained almost unchanged. During the fourteenth century, the kings of England were crowned in a lavish and complicated ceremony involving special clothes, rituals and oaths. These aspects of the ritual displayed, in some ways, the chivalric mindset of the times when the coronation process was first being developed to its fullest meaning and formality....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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The Welcome Ceremony: A Role - The Welcome Ceremony is performed when visitors entering a village where they are expected usually find the ali'i and faipule waiting for them either outside or within a house. If the occasion is a very formal one, the whole village may have assembled in its various groups, matai, Pastors of different denominations, Women's Committee in distinctive uniforms, schools and young men and women. In this case, a arch of welcome will probably also have been constructed. The meeting house (fale fono) and other houses set aside for the adjustment of the party, are almost certain to have been carefully and beautifully decorated with leaves and flowers....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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K-Tag Ceremony a Poem by Luci Tapahonso - With this text, the reader becomes aware of how the autochthonous nature of Diné spirituality influences every aspect of their belief system. We see this involvement with nature through several different analytical lenses including sacred narratives, ceremonies and rituals, religious specialists and power. Through sacred narrative ad ceremony and ritual in the novel, we see connection with place and nature during the K-Tag ceremony in the poem entitled “K-Tag Ceremony”. Ceremonies and rituals with ties to nature are also seen in the chapter entitled “Tune Up”....   [tags: dinés pirituality, short stories]
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Ceremony - FEAR=DESTRUCTION "They fear They fear the world. They destroy what they fear. They fear themselves." "They will kill the things they fear all the animals the people will starve." "They will fear what they find They will fear the people They kill what they fear" (Silko 136). 	Leslie Marmon Silko uses these three short passages taken from an ancient Indian story included in the novel Ceremony to express and convey the idea that the white man’s fear was the primary factor contributing to their negative actions toward the Indian people....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Theme of Silko's Ceremony - Knowing Oneself, Knows the World      The colonization of civilizations has changed the world’s history forever. From the French, Spaniard, and down to the English, have changed cultures, traditions, religions, and livelihoods of other societies. The Native Americans, for example, were one of the many civilizations that were conquered by the English. The result was their ways of life based on nature changed into the more “civilized” ways of the colonists of the English people. Many Native Americans have lost their old ways and were pulled into the new “civilized” ways....   [tags: Leslie Marmon Silko] 1111 words
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Water in the Baptismal Ceremony - Water in the Baptismal Ceremony In the baptismal ceremony water is used during the baptism part of the ceremony. At this point the priest pours blessed water over the forehead of the baby three times whilst saying, "(Name), I baptize you in the name of the father, and of the son and of the Holy Spirit." Water is a powerful symbol. It is also a rich symbol it makes things clean. It is also a symbol of life and death. Without water plants, animals and humans would not be able to survive (life)....   [tags: Theology Essays] 381 words
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History of Tea in Japan and the Japanese Tea Ceremony - According to Brown, tea is classified among the most significant non-alcoholic beverage across the globe. It has gained fame as a result of its benefits. Tea is an inclusive aspect of the daily life of the Japanese individual attributable to its ceremonial and ritual characteristics. It has been treated as a cultural beverage and consumed in a refined atmosphere. Tea drinking in Japan has undergone refinement under the support of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. He was the regarded as the first ruler-patron of the tea ceremony....   [tags: Zen Buddhists, Tranquility]
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Relationship Between the Society and the Individual Explored in Ceremony and Into the Wild - The society and the individual have a strong and close relationship. It has been noted that an individual is formed and shaped in relation to the society in which he or she grows in. The society provides the individual with the necessities of life and it is the duty of the individual to use these necessities in the most reasonable way without exploitation. The society provides economic, political, cultural and social structures that help the individual carry out his or her daily duties effectively....   [tags: Into the Wild Essays]
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The Impact Of War As Portrayed In Ceremony By Leslie Marmon Silko - ... Although no specific Laguna Pueblo Indians are mentioned, the accomplishments and contributions of Native Americans to the war effort are numerous. More than 25,000 Native American men and women served in the military and were honored with 71 Air Medals, 51 Silver Stars, 347 Bronze Stars, 34 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and two Medals of Honor. Indians in the military during World War II used their native languages as battlefield codes. Germans and Japanese were unable to break these Navajo codes that were essential to the Americans for overpowering the Japanese....   [tags: Native-American, Political, United States] 1084 words
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Japanese Tea Ceremony Ceramics - Japanese Tea Ceremony Ceramics There are various objects needed to conduct a tea ceremony. Most important among them are ceramics: the tea-caddy, the tea bowl, the flower vase, the incense burner, the incense container, the water jar, the ladle rest, the rest for the cover of the jar, the ash container, the cake bowl, the plate to place charcoal brazier, and candle-holders and other paraphernalia for decoration and atmosphere. Furthermore, such utensils used in the light dinner served before the tea rite called the kaiseki, food dishes and bowls, wine bottles and wine cups are to be numbered, the majority of implements for use in the tea-ceremony are pieces of ceramics....   [tags: wabi aesthetic Descriptive] 1280 words
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A Jewish Marriage Ceremony - A Jewish Marriage Ceremony In Hebrew, marriage is referred to as Kiddush in (sanctification) or nisuin (elevation). Marrying a Jewish partner is important mainly for the sake of the children, because whether a child is Jewish or not is determined only by its mother. Before the wedding, the bride-to-be goes to the Mikveh, the special immersion pool where women go to cleanse themselves from impurity (usually menstruation) and to start fresh. In this case, the woman goes as she is starting a new life with her fiancé....   [tags: Papers] 1190 words
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Race in Silko's Ceremony - Ceremony      Throughout Ceremony, the author, Leslie Silko, displays the internal struggle that the American Indians faced at that time in history. She displays this struggle between good and evil in several parts of the book. One is the myth explaining the origin of the white man.      As common in Indian cultures they create a myth to explain why the white people came to them. The author begins to show the Indians feeling of hopelessness by showing in the myth, on pages 132 - 138, that there was no way the Indians could stop the white people from destroying the Indian culture....   [tags: Leslie Silko]
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Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony - Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony In Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony, the gender roles of three women are significant to the development of Tayo as being half-white and half-Indian. These three women are Tayo's birth mother, Auntie, and Old Grandma. His mother left him when he was four years old and that began his sense of emptiness and abandonment. She could not bear to raise a child that brought the reservation shame by her mistake. Auntie raised Tayo and was the mother figure he lacked....   [tags: essays papers] 534 words
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Hindu Wedding Ceremony - Hindu Wedding Ceremony Introduction The tradition Vedic wedding ceremony is about four thousand years old. The ceremony is a religious occasion solemnized in accordance with the Vedas, the sacred scriptures of the Hindus. It is a collection of rituals performed by the bride’s parents. Each steps in the ceremony has symbolic philosophical and spiritual meaning. The Maharaj (priest) conducts the ceremony by chanting Mantras (bridal altar). The ceremony is performed in Sanskrit, the most ancient surviving language....   [tags: Descriptive Wedding Hindu Culture Essays] 997 words
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A Graduation Ceremony Story and a Racist Twist - It wasn’t until her, her family, and friend Bailey were walking up the hill to the school, when she started to feel the pressure of the moment. At the graduation ceremony everything was going smooth, until the principal’s speech left her in doubt of bad news coming. She was right, moments later two white gentlemen took over the stage and the speaker’s post. The man speaking was Mr. Eduard Donleavy, who was running for election and took the graduation ceremony as a great opportunity for him to introduce his plans for the future....   [tags: essays research papers] 385 words
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Spotless in Leslie Marmon Silko's "Ceremony" - Leslie Marmon Silko uses the idea of being speckled and/or spotless in her book Ceremony. To try to be spotless is the Laguna people trying to become a part of white society, hence, becoming separated from the Earth and from the roots, tradition, beliefs, rituals and customs of the Native American way. It is letting in white society with the belief that it can somehow improve you. It is destructive change that takes a person away from the Earth. It is change that specifies and names possessions and makes you question your own beliefs....   [tags: American Literature] 1310 words
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Comparing Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko and Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie - Stories are powerful devices that “are all we have, you see, to fight off illness and death” (Silko 1). Within the novels Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko and Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie, stories serve exactly this purpose. Each protagonist, Tayo and Haroun respectively, has an obstacle they must overcome. Tayo is a Native American World War II veteran who suffers from an illness of the mind, which is implied to be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is told that a Ceremony is the only way to cure him....   [tags: metaphor, spider web, native american]
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The Culture Connection to Mind, Body, and Spirit in Leslie Silko´s Ceremony - Life is a sequence of events that causes change in an individual. These series of events include both the good and the bad times in an individual’s life. The thing that defines someone's character not what has happened in their life but how that person responded to the events. In the Lesile Silko's novel Ceremony, the protagonist, Tayo, experiences a string of unfortunate events in his life that damaged his character both physically and figuratively. Tayo is a Native American World War II veteran that experiences hardship when he returns home....   [tags: beliefs, community, physical, figurative] 2202 words
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Gothic Themes Portrayed by Religious Ceremony in Wuthering Heights with Reference to Jane Eyre - The gothic theme become wildly popular after the publication of Horace Walpole’s ‘The castle of Otranto’ in 1764, this theme is prominent throughout the whole of ‘Wuthering Heights’, although it is most apparent during religious ceremony. Religious ceremony in this novel is mainly conveyed through death; ‘Jane Eyre’ also includes this in the novel. Each death is conveyed different but all have quite an eerie element, whether it’s how they die, the description of them after death, the reaction of loved ones or also where they rest such as their graves....   [tags: death, cannibal] 1365 words
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Similarities Involving Social Ritual and Ceremony in The Hunger Games and The Lottery - ... The only excuse for missing the “reaping” is said bluntly by Everdeen: “attendance is mandatory unless you are at death’s door” (Collins, 16). If someone is caught in their homes during the “reaping” they are arrested and taken back to the Capitol to be tortured. The consequence for missing the lottery is implied to be similar to missing the “reaping.” If someone misses the lottery then someone else must draw for that person, given that they have an excuse for not being there. In the story Clyde Dunbar could not draw for himself due to a broken leg, thus his wife drew for him....   [tags: Collins and Jackson, story comparison]
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The Main Religious Features of a Christian Marriage Ceremony - The Main Religious Features of a Christian Marriage Ceremony The Bible teaches that Marriage is sacred and that God intended man and woman to become one through marriage. Wedding ceremonies can vary but there are certain things about the ceremony that remain the same .These things are: the Declaration of purpose. This is when the minister speaks about the importance and purpose of marriage, the Vows, this is when the bride and groom make promises to each other .These are required by law and can be added to by the couple but they must contain certain things....   [tags: Papers] 662 words
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Interpretive Richness of Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony - The interpretative richness of Silko’s Ceremony Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony is the extraordinary tale of Tayo, a mixed-blood Native American in his long quest to cure the suffering that afflicts him and his people. The novel is complex enough that it can be interpreted in the context of starkly different paradigms, each highlighting important facets of the story. For instance, in the article “Feminine perspectives at Laguna Pueblo: Silko’s Ceremony,” Edith Swan offers a (symbolic) analysis of the plethora of important female characters in the novel that is based on a deliberately unicultural, Laguna worldview on the grounds that “[...] western presumptions must be set aside so that they...   [tags: Silkos Silko]
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The Kaluli People of Papua New Guinea in the Book, The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancers by E.L. Schieffelin - ... These chapters not only describe the everyday life of the Kaluli through aspects such as relationships (chap.3), conceptions of the supernatural (chap.5) or perceptions of time (chap.7), but also show how these everyday experiences can be related to the underlying themes of opposition and reciprocation, which Schieffelin argues lie at the heart of Kaluli culture. For Schieffelin, to understand the Kaluli's world view, it must be understood that for them, “the world is given implicitly in relations of opposition” (pp 106)....   [tags: Gisaro ceremony, culture, reciprocity]
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Nurses Must be Aware of Religious and Cultural Differences - ... Cremation is the favorable way to dispose of the body, as Hindus believe that the body has no purpose after death. Hindu funerals are extremely important ceremonies that will last for days after death. Typically, there is a lead mourner, who is generally the eldest son of the deceased who “plays a crucial role in performing all the funeral rites (Gupta, 2011).” As the rituals begin, the body will be placed on a bier, which is carried to the placed of cremation. Upon arrival, the “disposal ceremony” begins which is led by a priest and the body is removed from the bier by placing it in a river....   [tags: ceremony, burial, death] 1636 words
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Wedding: Personal or Life Cycle Events - Question 1 1.1 (5 marks) Weddings are classified as personal or life cycle events. They celebrate the union of a couple in a ceremony mostly including family and close friends. According to dictionary.com (Anon., 2014) a wedding can be defined as the act or ceremony of marrying, marriage or nuptials. Weddings are usually black tie events and call for smart and formal dress code. Preparing a wedding will take a lot of research (Phase1 of the event management process). After communicating with the client, it seems that the wedding will be held at ‘The secret Garden’ in Sandton Johannesburg on the 11th of December 2014....   [tags: ceremony, family, close friends]
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Reflection on The Dakota Sun Dance - ... I learned that this is still practiced by many Native Americans today. In addition to the Sun Dance, there is always one person who runs the entire Sun Dance ceremony. This would be the Priest of the tribe. The Priest would give orders to tribesmen that gathered items for building a tepee, and those who went to look for a tree for the ceremony. The tree played an important role in the Sun Dance ceremony; it would be the center pole of the lodge. When the chosen members of the tribe found the tree that would fit the need of the center pole there was a qualified person that would come and cut the tree down....   [tags: tribal, ceremony, buffalo] 658 words
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Tradition in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery is a story about a small town’s tradition. Every summer the town’s people gather in the square for a ritualistic drawing of names, however, the winner of the drawing will lose their life. No one in the village questions the sadistic ceremony, everyone simply complies. Jackson suggest that the tradition is as old as the town and thus many portions of the ceremony have long been forgotten yet the villagers are faithful to the portions that have been remembered without question....   [tags: sadistic ceremony, drawing names]
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Dwight D. Eisenhower: The 34th American President - ... Dwight D. Eisenhower spent 2 terms in office. Eisenhower won a big victory with 55 percent of the popular vote and a landslide in the Electoral College, with 442 votes to Stevenson's 89. “I saw at close hand the faces of millions” Dwight Eisenhower stated in his homecoming speech. (The Presidency: Man of the Year, 1960) He was a very trustworthy president when being elected. “We can trust him” Time Magazine representative stated in an article. (The Presidency: Man of the Year, 1960) Dwight D....   [tags: republicna, general, education, ceremony]
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The Olympics' Promise to Bring Countries Together - ... Oppossing the law would go against South Africa's law which would tie into political aspects. In 1968, two black American male athletes made history at the Mexico Olympics by making a silent protest against racial discrimination during the American National Anthem in the victory ceremony. Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medalists in the 200m run stood with their heads bowed and a black-gloved hand raised as the American National Anthem played. Both men wore black socks and no shoes and Smith wore a black scarf around his neck....   [tags: apartheid, competition, ceremony] 1367 words
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The Igbo Religion in Nigeria's Largest Ethnic Group - ... Some of the other deities include Ala who is the goddess of earth and spirit of fertility. There is also Igwe who is the sky god, but Igwe doesn’t have control over rain as that is actually the profession of some of the Igbo people known as the rain makers (members.tripod.com). Imo miri is the spirit of the river. The Igbo believe that a big river has a spiritual aspect, so the people aren’t allowed to fish in those rivers. The deity Mbatuku is the spirit of wealth. Agwo is a spirit of other peoples’ wealth....   [tags: sacred places, spiritual, ceremony] 1078 words
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Chivalry, by Maurice Keen: Book Review - When Maurice Keen set out to write a book on the components and development of chivalry, he did not know it would be “the last word on a seductive subject,” as stated by one Washington Post reviewer. Instead, Keen was merely satisfying a curiosity that derived from a childhood fascination of stories filled with “knights in shining armour.” This juvenile captivation was then transformed into a serious scholarly interest by Keen’s teachers, the product of which is a work based upon literary, artifactual, and academic evidence....   [tags: Knighthood Ceremony, Nobility]
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Canada's Role in the Olympic Games - ... Only free men who spoke Greek were allowed to participate in the Olympics. Some of the events that were held back then were boxing, chariot racing, running and wresting. (perseus.tufts.edu). The Olympic Games have been part of the world for an extremely long time and have been shaped into what they are now over the years. Continuing, Canada is a country in the northern hemisphere that has been part of the Olympic Games since the early 1900s. The population of Canada is about 34 million people....   [tags: ceremony, countries, medals] 643 words
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The Eleusinian Mysteries of Demeter and Persephone - A ritual is usually a ceremony that includes a series of actions that are performed according to a certain order. Most of the time rituals originate from myths. In Athens, several people participated in a group of events known as The Eleusinian Mysteries, hoping for a fulfilling and great afterlife. The Eleusinian Mysteries, a cult centered on a myth of Persephone's journey to and from the underworld, were celebrated from the eighth century B.C to the Hellenistic period. To the ancient Greeks, myths had a purpose and that was to basically explain the world around them....   [tags: ancient mysteries, ritual, ceremony]
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Women and Marriage in Tamil Families Canada - ... Over the past years love marriage has become very common among Tamils at the same time, cross-cousin marriage has also disappeared. The age at which couples marry is on the rise, especially for women. Because of the cultural syncretism, some people are allowing their children to choose their partners but most are still expecting their children to marry Tamils from their own caste and class background. Some people are still marrying from their native country. Nevertheless, some are marring non-Tamils from the Canadian population....   [tags: culture, children, ceremony] 900 words
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Taking a Look at Brit Milah - Brit milah is a Jewish religious ceremony where a newborn male is circumcised and it is performed eight days after a male baby is born. It is customary for a brit milah to be held in a synagogue or in the house of the new born child(“Circumcision in Judaism”). This is the first mitzvah that is performed on a Jewish baby boy. This mitzvah connects the child to G-d and demonstrates that we all believe in one G-d(Ibid). In addition, this is proven to be a mitzvah because one is fulfilling G-d’s commandments that a Jewish male’s body must be physically different from gentiles(Ibid)....   [tags: jewish religious ceremony, circumcision] 898 words
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An Extract from Divergent: Tris - Divergent – Tris I live in a society where you are asked to choose one behavior. Where I live there are 5 different factions that you have to choose from. There is the dauntless, amity, erudite, candor, and abnegation. I was raised an abnegation. My parents and older brother Caleb were meant to be abnegation, but not so much for me. Our life was so boring. We did not have entertainment or anything in that nature. We were expected to be selfless. I couldn’t handle it. It just wasn’t me. Thank goodness we didn’t have to stay in the faction we were born into....   [tags: aptitude test, ceremony, abnegation] 882 words
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Planning a House-Warming Party - ... It was necessary to clean the house and make it an empty like a white canvas so as to paint it in new colors of family’s love and relationship. So we began tidying the place. Each person was given different tasks. I and my husband decided to work on handling the house warming party arrangements while our friends renovated and decorated their home. Firstly, we made a list of all the guests that were to be invited after consulting with the host. Then, we finalized the date that suited all the guests....   [tags: ceremony, guests, invitations] 652 words
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The Meaning and Effects of Modern Imperialism in Ngugi’s A Grain Of Wheat, and in Silko’s Ceremony - ... Kihika came to me by night. He put his life into my hands and I sold it to the white man. And this thing has eaten into my life all these years.” Mugo admits that he preferred the British, who obviously are the imperial power itself, over his own people. Maybe at last Mugo felt like he belongs to his society by both confessing his betrayal to Kihika and saving Karanja’s life. By mentioning this betrayal, along with other ones, Ngugi complains about the African’s reactions to the imperial power: they put the whites in the center and denied the class....   [tags: civilization, colonial, natives] 1169 words
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African Traditional Beliefs, Practices and Ideas - This paper endorses the perspective that philosophical ideas emerge from and are intimately intertwined with cultural practices. Things and feelings that shape peoples and communities over time (Morgan 2012) by forming a foundation and lens through which people interpret the world. Using the tangible illustrations of the Dipo ceremony, a typical Ghanaian funeral, the Homowo festival and the film “I told you so”, I uncover and bring to light some African ideas present in these practices, things and feelings in greater appreciation of African Philosophy....   [tags: African philosophy, dipo ceremony, ghana]
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Exploration of the Divergent Cultural Relationships with Land in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony - Exploration of the Divergent Cultural Relationships with Land in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony In her novel, Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko uncovers the innumerable contrasts of the white ranchers and the Native Americans. The natives feel helpless as the whites spill themselves upon the contiguous hillsides and valleys. The commanding whites steal the land which had never before belonged to any single entity. Unable to retain their land, the Native Americans can only continue their existence on the allotted land, and attempt to cleave unto their heritage that is contained in the very soil beneath the mountains....   [tags: Papers] 1773 words
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A Winter Wonder-Miracle - The wind whistles through the open door, dusting the living room with fresh, glistening, white snow. Inside there is an elegant Christmas tree, twinkling in the corner of the room, adorned with unique ornaments, reminiscent of trips shared between a man and his wife. On top of the tree is a lone star devoid of any light. The charming, little, one-story farmhouse is not vacant, though it is so silent that it seemed like a Charlie Chaplin film. An elderly man, George, snoozes in his tattered old rocking chair next to the warm, crackling fireplace....   [tags: ceremony, christmas, star, snow, white] 611 words
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Ruth Benedict’s Ethnography of Pueblo Culture, Patterns of Culture, and Leslie Marmon Silko’s novel Ceremony - Response Piece – Silko & Benedict As noted in the response by Janet Tallman, there are three main themes concerning Ruth Benedict’s ethnography of Pueblo culture, Patterns of Culture, and Leslie Marmon Silko’s novel Ceremony. Both detail the importance of matrilineage, harmony and balance versus change, and ceremonies to the Pueblo Indians. It is important to note that Silko gives the reader a first-hand perspective of this lifestyle (she was raised in the Laguna Pueblo Reservation), while Benedict’s book is written from a third-person point of view....   [tags: essays research papers] 2351 words
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Rituals of Transition Is Our Right of Passage Through Life - ... . . It is through the initiation rite that the man of traditional societies comes to know and to assume this image (of himself). (Eliade, 1958, p. ix)” (4) Ceremonial rituals are found in all societies to mark the crossing of an individual or group to a new status or position in the community in which they live. Celebrations of these events are marked with everything from great jubilee to subdued acknowledgement of the journey. Rites of passage are compartmentalized into three different stages by as indicated by Van Gennep....   [tags: phases, culture, ceremony] 747 words
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Day to Day Life During the Middle Ages - ... Most peasants worked on the land, hence why it was such a vital workforce throughout villages and towns. They lived in communities with vast land used for farming, which was not simple to do successfully due to the lack of technology and tools available. Peasants did not own the farms they worked on, it was owned by lords which were referred to as manors. However because of their sense of community, villagers often assisted each other with work to finish the required amount of daily farming....   [tags: religious, ceremony, feudal system] 986 words
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Ritual Use of Cacao in Maya Civilization - ... By around AD 250 (the Classic period), the lowland Maya flourished in major cities (Uxmal, Kabah, Chichén Itzá, and Copán), developing their art, architecture, and writings (hieroglyphs), where the Maya depicted ritual activities in which cacao was present (Coe and Coe 1996). After AD 600, during the Late Classic period, tall ceramic cylinders were in use as containers for cacao, as well as for the preparation of the frothy, chocolate drink that was so desired by the Maya elite (Coe and Coe 1996)....   [tags: ceremony, religion, feasting] 1897 words
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History and Function of the Bar Mitzvah - Judaism is one of the oldest religious practices all over the world. It literally gave a start to two the most popular religions nowadays: Islam and Christianity. It seems that everybody must be familiar with the basics of this religion, though it is not true. The majority of people know only a few attributes or ceremonies that Judaism is using until modern times, such as Menorah (the candelabrum with seven branches), Star of David (traditionally known as the symbol of Judaism) and, let’s say, the Bar Mitzvah ceremony....   [tags: Jewish Religion and Culture]
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Religious Traditions of Weddings - Weddings are a very joyous occasion, not only for the bride and groom , but also for their friends and family that get to join in the celebration. A wedding allows two people who are in love to legally join together and spend their lives together, serving one another in devoted infatuation. It is also a way to show their love to the world and truly enjoy being with each other. Most wedding ceremonies revolve around the traditions of a certain religion, and each religion has its own way of conducting such a ceremony....   [tags: Religion ]
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Marriage and Gender Roles Within Married Life - ... Hindu weddings traditionally take place outside, in nature, under a canopy called the mandap. An important symbol in the ceremony is to light a sacred fire which is placed under the mandap. The sacred fire is lit to call Agni, the fire God, to bear witness to the wedding ceremony. Most of the ceremony incorporates the sacred fire such as the couple taking seven steps around the fire to ensure lifelong companionship and offering rice to the sacred fire to grant long life, and happiness. In Buddhism, a wedding ceremony is more simplistic and contains less symbolism and rituals than Hinduism....   [tags: Hinduism, Buddhism, intimate rituals] 809 words
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Wedding Rituals Are Different in Various Cultures - Wedding rituals are different in various cultures. There is a lot of preparation that happens before, during,and after the wedding ceremony. Even though the wedding ritual do have similarities between each other they also contrast with each other. Hispanic Catholic weddings have their own ritual ways and so do Muslim (Islam) have their own way of celebrating the ritual. The day of the Hispanic catholic wedding there are various things that are going on. The ceremony has to take place in a Catholic church since the church is God's home and he has to be present for the ceremony....   [tags: hispanic catholic weddings, muslim rituals]
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History of the Mandan Indian Tribe - The Mandan are an indigenous tribe native to North America. The Mandan’s are known for being one of the earliest tribes to live on the great plains of the Midwest. Unlike other plains Indians the Mandan were a settled tribe who lived along the Big Bend of the Missouri River in what is now called North Dakota. While most tribes that lived in the plains were hunter/gatherers who lived a nomadic lifestyle following their food, the Mandan were planters living mostly off their crops. Warriors left once a year in hunting groups to go out into the plains in search for Buffalo, which was not only their major meat source, but was also used for clothing and shelter as well....   [tags: American History, native americans] 2521 words
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Rituals and Drama of the Apache Indians of North America - RITUALS AND DRAMA (Sunrise Ceremony) Rituals are represented in our lives through weddings, funerals, ceremonies and repetitive actions that we use on a daily basis. The Apache Indians of North America have had many traditions and rituals that were practiced religiously. Amongst them is the Initiation service or commonly identified as the Sunrise Ceremony for women. The ceremony originates from the White Painted Woman who was the ‘Changing Woman’ and is held a season after a girl’s first menstrual cycle....   [tags: Tradition, Symbolism, Mood]
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The Emergence of a Young Girl into Womanhood - ... This happened around the time of the Creation of the People and was started as a way for women to have children and help their people multiply. For them to be able to multiply, the women would need to have relations with men, and the Kinaalda was a way for this to happen in a holy and effective way as the Holy People wanted. As a new born Changing Woman was chosen to be the first, who in four days grew up and became kinaalda. When this took place they decided that they should have a ceremony....   [tags: culture and tradition comparison] 1448 words
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The Hindu Wedding - ... 4). “The music and the musicians in their colorful costumes draw attention to this important social occasion, enhancing the family’s reputation and adding to the festive atmosphere” (Booth, 1990, P. 245). According to Stanford University (n.d.), this welcoming of the groom is called Var Aagamana (P. 4). After family and friends have welcomed the groom, there are many prayers to be said. According to Stanford’s (n.d.) article titled “The Hindu Wedding Ceremony” these prayers request that any struggles during the ceremony to be removed and that all the “planets, Gods and Goddesses to bless the couple with a happy and healthy married life” (The Hindu Wedding Ceremony, n.d, n.p.)....   [tags: pre wedding, post wedding, traditions, rituals] 2161 words
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Society in The Giver by Lois Lowry - The society of “The Giver” was much like ours at one time, but they decided to get rid of all the pain, fear, hatred, and war this type of society is called futuristic. Everyone is given a job at the age of twelve, they continue school during their training with the job they were given by the Chief Elders, and the Chief Elders takes careful time to decide who gets what job. Every child receives a job that best fit them. Lois Lowry was inspired to write “The Giver” with her fascination with memory....   [tags: futuristic, job, society] 1152 words
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Latin America and Hispanic Culture - ... Quinceañera is the Spanish word for a girl who is fifteen years old. The word Quinceañera is derived from the Spanish word quince meaning fifteen and años meaning years. Although Quinceañera’s vary in different Hispanic cultures as well as from family to family, the meaning is always the same: the birthday girl is blooming into a young woman. Despite the tradition evolving with Latin American girls living in the United States, the Quinceañera celebration is very popular among third and fourth generation Hispanic girls, and is one of the few universal Latin American traditions celebrated from Mexico to Argentina....   [tags: marriage, death, Quinceañera] 662 words
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Ethiopia’s Coffee Culture and Coffee Ceremonies - Though most people wouldn’t find any meaning behind a cup of coffee besides its wonderful taste, Ethiopians believe coffee plays an important role in their everyday lives because it is considered their most important social event, has a spiritual role, and stimulates the economy quite a bit. It is important to know about other cultures besides our own because we don’t all share the same customs and traditions. What might be a kind act or gesture in one culture, could be an insult or rude in another....   [tags: Africa, Friendship, Respect] 661 words
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