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Horace Miner’s Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

- Horace Miner’s Body Ritual Among the Nacirema In Horace Miner’s article, “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema”, he talks about a tribe and describes their odd behavior. He tells about how the tribe performs these strange daily rituals and how their peculiarity is extreme, but in fact he is actually speaking of Americans as a whole (Miner). Miner uses this style of writing to more effectively prove his point: that Americans are ethnocentric. Miner does an exceptional job in disguising the Nacirema as Americans....   [tags: Horace Miner Body Ritual Among the Nacirema]

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Ritual Pollution and Homicide Cases

- ... The Greeks considered this land uncultivated, or improperly cultivated. Therefore, homicide outside of the polis did not have an impact on the citizens inside the city (Endsjø 2003). This only became a problem if the person who committed the act attempted to enter the city, or if parts of the deceased’s body somehow make their way into the city. The latter was a huge problem in Antigone, the play by Sophocles. Creon, the newly crowned ruler of Thebes, leaves the body of his former adversary, Polyneices, unburied outside of city walls....   [tags: ancient Greek rituals, beliefs, asylums]

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The Ritual of the Khabur

- In North Africa and the Middle East, a widespread ritual prevails among many young men: a ritual which I once enjoyed daily, but now no longer partake in. Egyptians call it by many names—khabur, dabus, cubea—but the ritual remains the same. Every evening, and particularly Thursday evening, tens of thousands of middle class men from around the capital come home (to their parents’ homes until they get married), eat dinner, and go out to meet their friends and smoke hashish in the street. They send calls, missed calls, and texts to friends, anxious and inquiring, “Where can we score tonight?” The young men sit on the hoods of their cars, chain-smoking cigarettes, but it’s not enough....   [tags: North Africa, Middle East, hashish, Egypt]

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Ritual Life of the Visayans

- The Visayans make up a quarter of the Philippine people. The term Visayan comes from people who live around the islands surround the Visayan Sea. Some islands where the Visayans live are: Luzon, Mindanao, and Manila. Also a lot of Visayans have migrated to other parts of the Philippines. Visayans speak one of three languages. The three different languages are: Cebuano, Panayan or Samaran. These languages are from the Malayo-Polynesian family. The majority of Visayans are Roman Catholic but some belong to other religions with the denomination....   [tags: Religion ]

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The Significance of Ritual and Sacred Objects

- Sam Veda once said, “Rituals that are performed with the desire of attaining salvation also helps a man to achieve growth and progress in this world.” Rituals play an integral part in every religion and the lives of its followers. These rituals develop followers into better people and link them with the divine. Ramadan is a month long religious ritual that holds great importance for the Muslim community. In order to learn more about this ritual I attended a service at mosque during Ramadan earlier this year....   [tags: Islam ]

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Ritual Suicide- An Honorable Tradition

- Ritual suicide is a tradition started by the Japanese Samurai around 1180AD. It consists of an individual cutting themselves horizontally across and down their abdomen, then finishing the act by slicing into their heads (Hilton). The Opera, Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, is a tragic romance that ends with the Japanese lover committing ritual suicide. Another story that portrays ritual suicide is “Patriotism” by Yukio Mishima. Both of these works shine light onto a Western culture that views such a sacrifice as an honor, and is also a deeply rooted in tradition....   [tags: Japanese Samurai, Japanese History]

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Interaction Ritual by Erving Goffman

- Introduction Erving Goffman (1922-1982) held the position of Benjamin Franklin Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as President of the American Sociological Association in the year leading up to his death in 1982. Goffman is considered as the pioneer of the study of face-to-face interaction and has made a substantial contribution to micro-sociology. He is recognised as a major figure in the symbolic interaction perspective. In 2007 he was listed as the sixth most cited author in the humanities and social sciences (The Times Higher Education Guide, 2007)....   [tags: social interaction, behavior]

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My Ritual in Writing Papers

- Before I prepare to write a paper I look at the prompt. I then take a smoking break so while I am smoking I am brain storming ideas about what to write about. When I get an idea I write them down one by one as I get ideas. Once I find the perfect spot I start looking at what I brain stormed and look at the main ideas I can write the most about. Once I choose what I want to write about I start structuring my paper. When I see the best structural fit for my sub ideas that lead to my main idea I start writing....   [tags: Nature, Meditation]

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Analysis of Traditions and Rituals From Around the World

- Analysis of Traditions and Rituals From Around the World There are traditions and or rituals that we participate in year after year, even though we have forgotten what the meaning is or where it has come from. Every one of us has experienced some type of ritual or tradition in some form or fashion. Wedding and marriage rituals and traditions also fall true to this. There are different cultures that celebrate in different ways all over the world. There is a tradition for Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and South America, North America and even Caribbean traditions and Oceania traditions....   [tags: Tradition, Ritual]

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Ritual Abuse in America

- Ritual abuse is an extreme, sadistic form of abuse of children and non-consenting adults. The abusers of innocent children hold no mercy as they psychologically, physically, and emotionally torture their victims to do their bidding. When the victims are finally set free, they are forbidden to talk about what happens to them in fear that they, or their family, will be killed. Ritual abuse occurs within every region of our country, (MacDonald & Sarson, 2002); this paper will present concrete statistics to substantiate this statement....   [tags: Child Abuse]

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The Guru Mandala Ritual

- “Newar Buddhists inhabit the Kathmandu Valley and make up 5.5 percent of Nepal’s population.” Edward Irons, who constructed a history data base regarding Newar Buddhists, discuss the aspects that contribute to Newar Buddhism and what it consist of. There are various texts within this religion to which are very important. The differences pertaining to Newar Buddism is the use of rituals and texts within the Sanghas. When looking at Buddhism in itself, it is recognized as a religion that spread through countries such as Sri Lanka, Tibet, Burma and China, as well as many other Asian countries....   [tags: Tibet, Burma and China]

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Ritual, Politics, and Power

- Rituals are an undetachable feature of politics, they are used to create a reality around people, it also helps us to get grasp what is happening around us. Politics is full of symbolism, and there are many more political displays including symbols and rituals than those including hard force. The author focuses only on rituals and argues that even in current industrial societies, rituals still play a vital and important role in politics. Symbols are a part of rituals, and people use them to bring peace and order out of chaos....   [tags: sociological analysis]

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Native American Ritual Dancing

- Native American Ritual Dancing “It has often been said that the North American Indians ‘dance out’ their religions” (Vecsey 51). There were two very important dances for the Sioux tribe, the Sun Dance and the Ghost Dance. Both dances show the nature of Native American spirituality. The Ghost Dance and the Sun Dance were two very different dances, however both promote a sense of community. “The Sun Dance was the most spectacular and important religious ceremony of the Plains Indians of 19th-century North America” (Lawrence 1)....   [tags: Native Americans Rituals Traditions Dance Essays]

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Drama Ritual

- 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: Culture ]

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Ritual and Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- Everyone has their own way of solving problems; however, ritual is a form that people doing one thing in the same way. It defines as “the prescribed form of conducting a formal secular ceremony.” However if the meaning of ritual is mistaken, the consequence could be unpredictable." The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson gives us a lecture about a tortuous ritual. The story takes place in a small village with 300 citizens, they gather for a yearly lottery which everyone should participate. The story leads to a horrific ending by people forgetting the concept of ritual....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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A Ritual in American History, the Ghost Dance

- The Ghost Dance began in 1888 with a with a holy man called Wovoka who received a message during a solar eclipse that a messiah would come and the world will be free of white man. The Indians could then return to their lands and Wovoka new that all this would happen during the spring of 1891. He and his followers meditated and had visions and then chanted and performed which became as the known “Ghost Dance.” The ghost dance soon began to spread all throughout the rest of the south and west which became a movement that many Indians started to follow and everyone performed it....   [tags: sioux indians, tragedy, battle]

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A Humourous Ritual

- A Humourous Ritual Have you ever witnessed a humorous ritual that was really funny. I witness one everyday and it makes me wonder. This ritual is the one that many people that you and I both know participate in. this ritual is going to school. Everybody does it nowadays. The reason why it is funny is that we get up early everyday to learn stuff we don’t need to, we eat horrible food and even pay for it, and when we try to be an individual we get in trouble for doing so. Everyone says “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” well that is very, very true statement, even though my name isn’t Jack....   [tags: miscellaneous]

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The Sambia: Ritual, Sexuality, and Change in Papua New Guinea by Gilbert Herdt

- “The Sambia: Ritual, Sexuality, and Change in Papua New Guinea” is a book written by Gilbert Herdt. It is based on a case study Herdt did during the 1970’s of the culture of the Sambia people. His study took place in Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. He didn’t know much about their language, however through out his time there he was able to learn their language and customs. As he settled into their village, he mostly slept in the clubhouse with the other Nilangu villagers; however, eventually they built a house for him to stay at....   [tags: culture, male insemination, rituals]

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The Nazirite Ritual

- ... One of the most impressive fruits was apparently a vine they had to carry with two man. Also the land of Canaan is the promised Land of Milk and Honey to the Israelites, the lacking of faith in Yahweh leads them back into the desert. The fruits and especially the vine became a symbol of the land of Canaan. However God told the Israelites to completely take over the Land and not to let other pagan people dwell with them. The vine therefore could be an image of the pagan people of Canaan. Especially in Samson's story we can see how taking a foreign woman became his death sentence....   [tags: moses, bible, christians]

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Relationships Between Religious Ritual and Social Power

- The relationship between religious ritual and social power is very complex in its nature. In each society examined thus far religious ritual is intertwined into almost every aspect of life from social taboos to rites in hunting, marriage and an innumerable amount of other cultural aspects. Religious ritual is so interwoven into the fabric of society that separating ritual from the act is often times impossible. In researching this topic I have become aware of two forms of connection that must be addressed to fully cover the idea governing the connection of these principles....   [tags: Religion, Society]

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The Sotah Ritual in Ancient Israel

- The Sotah Ritual in Ancient Israel Introduction      The ritual of the sotah from the book of Numbers is a fascinating passage to read in the Hebrew Bible. For one thing, this ritual deals with the idea of a man being able to bring his wife to trial, even if he has no evidence against her. While such an instance might be seen as negative treatment of women, others might explain it as the Israelites’ constant concern over the idea of impurity. Another interesting aspect of the sotah rite is that it is the only example of an ordeal similar to those practiced in other cultures of the Ancient Near East....   [tags: Book of Numbers Religion Israel Bible Essays]

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Death For the Sake of a Ritual

- The greatest gifts one can give do not always come in small packages. Sometimes the greatest present a person could receive is the utter extinction of a person’s very existence. Through death, we can sometimes benefit even if it evokes mixed deep uncomfortable feelings. Death for the sake of ritual and or tradition is an act that has been practiced throughout history. By today’s standards this seems morbidly disturbing. Death for relief, revenge, and or for the opinionated bettering of society has also occurred as long as recorded history....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Body Ritual of the Nacirema

- The Body Ritual of the Nacirema It is human nature to describe one's own culture as the most advanced and most intellectual. Unfortunately, it is also common practice to look down upon the practices of another culture because they are not similar to one's own traditions. The ability to do this can sometimes be a damaging characteristic for society as a whole. Horace Miner realized the implications of egocentric views and wrote a groundbreaking essay to open society's eyes to their biases....   [tags: Horace Miner Egocentrism Essays]

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Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

- Body Ritual Among the Nacirema What is the precise geographical location of this strange tribe, the Nacirema. The Nacirema is a North American group living in the territory between the Canadian Cree, the Yaqui and Tarahumare of Mexico, and the Carib and Arawak of the Antilles. Little is known of their origin, though tradition states that they came from the east. What are the private and secret shrines of the Nacirema. In the Nacirema, the belief is that the human body is ugly and that its natural tendency is to debility and disease....   [tags: Anthropology]

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Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

- Would you want to live among the Naciremas. Why or why not. After reading Horace Miner’s Body Ritual Among the Nacirema I cannot say that I would want to be part of the tribe. A huge reason would be that I could never go from my own Christian faith to the religious practices of the Nacirema. My second reason for not wanting to be part of the tribe is that I could never be subjected to the horrific medical practices and “magical potions” used on every citizen in the tribe. One of the fundamental beliefs of the Nacirema is that “the human body is ugly and that its natural tendency is to debility and disease.” According to the Christian tradition, the human body is fallen and is therefore prone...   [tags: Horace Miner]

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Why the Christian Ritual of Communion is So Special

- ... Altar servers are aids to the priest. The servers will hold the prayer book up to the priest while he prays over the church, or hold the pitcher and bowl while the priest washes his hands. Altar servers also do other small things to help the priest throughout the service. After the priest washes his hands, the altar servers lay down the pitcher and bowl on a table. They then pick up a small glass pitcher full of wine and a small glass pitcher of water. The priest takes the glasses of wine and water, thanks the altar servers, and takes the wine and water over to the table with the bread and the empty chalice....   [tags: Jesus, priest, bread]

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Ritual Art Celtic Society

- Ritual Art Celtic Society Pre-Christian Celtic Society About the pre-Romantic period of Celtic civilization (from the end of the 6th century BCE to some time in the first century CE) there is little written as record of their culture or ritual. We know of there existence through reference by Greek writers to their relation to the source of the Danube and to their being near the Greek colony that became Marseilles. Later writings refer to their rituals and superstitions, which had, as with other uncivilized cultures, played a huge part in the lives of the people....   [tags: History Religion Religious Essays]

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Jola Initiation Ritual

- Jola Initiation Ritual The phenomenon of folkloric festivals and cultural identity in the contemporary Senegal region of the Casamance provides a unique opportunity to experience and describe customs that have dictated creative and functional experiences for over a thousand years in the western mid enclave of African continent. In seeking to understand this subject we are made aware of the changing textures of time and space and the beauty of physical universe existence, as well as the challenge of continental mapping and composite humanity....   [tags: Papers]

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Dance is an Art Form not a Mating Ritual

- Dance: Is it a mating ritual or an art form. The dictionary defines dance as "an artistic form of nonverbal communication" (dance). As Christians we have always heard that dancing is immoral; that dancing only led to one thing- sex. Although this is the general belief, many people find the art of ballet, such as The Nutcracker to be tasteful. Dancing embodies passion, grace and poise. Dancing is not just a mating ritual as we have been told; it is a story that is too good for words. Dancing is a way to communicate with anybody no matter what language they speak or how old they are....   [tags: Dance Dancing]

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Comparing Ritual in Beckett, Hemingway, and O'Neill

- Ritual in Beckett, Hemingway, and O'Neill "Perhaps the public psyche has simply been overloaded and, like an electrical circuit, has blown its fuse and gone cold under the weight of too many impulses" (Miller, lvi). The modern world is often looked upon as a cold and unfeeling one. And the modern existence is such that it has been called a "Wasteland" by T. S. Eliot. It has also led Camus to parallel it with the ancient Greek myth of Sisyphus, who was condemned to repeatedly push a boulder up a mountain, after which it would roll down the other side, and he would have to start all over again....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Human Sacrifice vs. Ritual Murder in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Imagine this; it is 9am, the sun is out and even though the children are playing , but before the day is done, someone will find themselves the winner of the lottery. However, it is not the lottery that most are familiar with. In 1988 author Judy Oppenheimer conducted an interview with author Shirley Jackson, the author of ' The Lottery' . In this interview Shirley explained why she wrote the short story in the following excerpt ; " I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story's readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives " (Oppenheimer 1988...   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Reaching the Sacred Through Ritual: Understanding the Ohio State Football Culture

- Using these themes discussed above, I argue that people can transcend and experience some form of the sacred. In using the term sacred, I am not attributing any special power or force behind it, but rather a sense of being that is above ordinary day-to-day time. This is achieved two levels, as an individual, both as a player and follower/fan, and as a collective body. I have already discusses how rituals allow individuals to form community, but I argue that through ritual the sacred can be reached through flow experience....   [tags: Sports]

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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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Significance Of Ritual In North American Indian Religion

- Significance of Ritual in North American Indian Religion When scholars study religion, the tendency exists to focus on the mythological aspects of the religion in an attempt to understand the major underlying concepts present. However, an equally rewarding study often can be accomplished through the careful analysis of the religion's ritual aspects. This is especially true when studying North American Indian religions where there is an abundance of elaborate rituals that play a significant role in their culture....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Rejection of Vedic Sacrificial Ritual in Indian Culture

- The Rejection of Vedic Sacrificial Ritual in Indian Culture My intention in this piece is to explore the development of the concepts of brahman and atman in ancient Indian culture. I intend to examine the role of the Upanisads in Vedic society and to investigate their abandonment of Vedic sacrificial ritual. I contend that the writers of the Upanisads turned towards a mystical path away from society in order to explore a viable alternate way of living that did not involve sacrificial ritual. Although the only record we have of this shift in thought is a set of philosophical discourses, I suggest that this was not solely an intellectual move....   [tags: India Culture Religion Papers]

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Research Paper on Shirley Jackson's “The Lottery”

- Shirley Jackson's “The Lottery” is a short story about the annual gathering of the villagers to conduct an ancient ritual. The ritual ends in the stoning of one of the residents of this small village. This murder functions under the guise of a sacrament that, at one time, served the purpose of ensuring a bountiful harvest. This original meaning, however, is lost over the years and generations of villagers. The loss of meaning has changed the nature and overall purpose of the lottery. This ritual is no longer a humble sacrifice that serves the purpose of securing the harvest but instead is a ceremony of violence and murder only existing for the pleasure found in this violence....   [tags: Solemn Tradition, Ritual Symbols]

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Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- In literature, symbols are often used to deepen the meaning of a story or to convey an idea indirectly. In “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses symbolism to reveal the annual ritual that happens to be called the lottery, and the consequences of unquestioned traditions. Most people when drawing the lottery were more concerned with stoning one to death and their beliefs rather than the value of the human life that they were about to destroy. From the title of the story, to the ambiance preceding this ritual, one could assume that this will result in someone winning something, but with the usage symbolism, Jackson is able to use names, objects, and the setting to conceal the true meaning and in...   [tags: sacrifice, ritual, religion]

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A History of How Societies have Viewed Bodily Functions

- Introduction Ancient societies viewed bodily functions differently from the way we do today. Many cultures also had different views of what was considered pure and impure. However, almost certainly no group seemed as meticulous as the Essenes. Widely known for their rules concerning ritual purity, several known historical authors mentioned them in their writings, including Josephus and Pliny the Elder. Moreover, although the identity of the community occupying the settlement at Qumran has been the object of much debate, many scholars believe that they were most likely members of this Jewish sect....   [tags: ritual purifications, Qumran]

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Tradition Is an Evil Dictator in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- Tradition is an evil dictator. Tradition can be simple or complex. Tradition has the power to force someone to do something or not do something. In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, the reader gets an uneasy feeling that tradition dictates everything. Jackson makes it obvious that this village is run completely on tradition and that everyone fears change. One-way to ensure that the tradition of the lottery is continued, the children participate. The children are the first to assemble then the rest to the village....   [tags: village, ritual, power]

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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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The Village, by M. Night Shyamalen

- Matthew Lesko once said, “A degree of lying seems to be inherent in all languages and all forms of communication.” Quite often lies are integrated into society in order to manipulate the minds of the receiver(s) and ultimately shape the community in a particular way. The Village a 2004 by M. Night Shyamalen is indicative of this fact. A culture (even one based on fear) can flourish through use of ritual communication. First off to fully grasp the significance of ritual communication behind the movie, The Village one must first understand what exactly it is....   [tags: Ritual Communication, Film Analysis]

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The Roles of Women in Death and King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka

- In his play Death and King’s Horseman, Wole Soyinka shows that women had important and recognized roles in traditional Yoruba society. Women fulfill their social, moral and spiritual roles as mothers, enforces of the discipline, show guidance to the community. Iyaloja, the Mother of the Market, is politically and spiritually critical. Aside from being the enforcer of discipline, her towering image in terms of influence is a great source of nourishment to the entire community. In the play, the women of the market are also capable of assuming positions of power, reducing man’s superiority....   [tags: power, freedom, ritual]

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The Influence of Characters in Shirley Jackson’s "The Lottery"

- The characters in a short story are vital to understanding everything that the author has put into her work. Most of Shirley Jackson’s characters in “The Lottery” adapt as the story goes on, revealing their true opinions and behaviors. Her characters are also true to life, which establishes realism in her stories. Tess, Old Man Warner, and the women of this story all provide outlooks and opinions that shape “The Lottery” into the constructive story it is. Immediately, the women of “The Lottery” seem to be a friendly group who stick by one another’s sides....   [tags: tradition, friendship, ritual]

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Tradition and Ritual in Judiasm

- The purpose of this research paper will be to examine how Judaism rituals have helped the religion remained amongst the most prominent in the world. The use of tradition and rituals has been at the very core of its existence. Birth, adolescent, marriage and death rituals will be used to highlight how the Judaism way of life is not dependent on the written word but rather the actions of those who follow this historic Hebrew religion. The paper will begin with a brief outline of Judaism and its relationship with God and then continue with how the written word of the Torah has laid the basis for the many traditions still practiced in Judaism....   [tags: Religion]

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Ethnography of the American Flag

- ... Alongside the leader of the ceremony there are thirteen helpers representing the thirteen colonies. They come up to the flag in order of the colonies creation and cut off a stripe of the flag, representing the removal of their colony. The helper then places their stripe into an incinerator. This continues until all the pieces are in the incinerator and the fire is lit. While the participants of the ceremony watch the flag burn the ceremony leader says “Nothing is really ended until it is forgotten....   [tags: disposal, ritual, symbol]

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Traditional Sacrifices in The Lottery by Jackson and The Rocking-Horse Winner by Lawrence

- ... D. H. Lawrence’s The Rocking-Horse Winner’s point of view was more obvious and written though the eyes of Paul, his mother and the uncle. The mother relates passion with her family’s financial situation. Whereas Paul “boy’s rocking” is lead to think luck is money and money is needed to keep the family in their social standing. For example, “He went off by himself, vaguely, in a childish way, seeking for the clue to “luck,” Absorbed, taking no heed of other people, he went about with a sort of stealth, seeking inwardly for luck....   [tags: ritual, death, evil]

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Winning the Lottery Equals Death in Shirley Jackson, The Lottery

- ... “….the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born.” With his last name, “Warner,” having a literary meaning of warning which warns the villagers not to forget about the tradition because the belief of keeping it would help them on growing good crops and the consequences of “living in caves” living in the life of hunters if they stop carrying the tradition. A ritual murder of a person needs to be carried out by the villagers, taking a life makes them no different to a hunter, cruel and violent....   [tags: tradition, ritual, murder]

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Symbolism and Irony in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, is a short story about a once a year lottery that is performed in a small town. The story takes place in a town in New England. In this particular village during the lottery, one person is chosen at random to be stoned to death by the people. For nearly a century the lottery has been performed. This reoccurring event is not looked down upon and is accepted by the townspeople. By using symbolism, Jackson uses names, objects and the setting to mask irony of the lottery....   [tags: stonning, religious, ritual]

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The West Memphis 3 Murders

- The West Memphis 3 were three teenagers who were accused of the brutal murder of 3 eight-year old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. The boys were believed to have been killed as part of a satanic ritual. By the next day, the police had already found their first suspect Damien Echols and were questioning him. Echols was considered a suspect because of his interest in the Wicca religion and officers investigating the case both thought that the “murders had strong overtones of a cultic sacrifice.” One of the officers said the only person he thought could be capable of committing such a horrible crime was Echols....   [tags: wicca, satanic ritual, suspects]

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Analysis of Modern Vodou

- According to Paul Touloute, human beings since their creation have always wanted to investigate the unseen world. These desires led to many religious and philosophical tendencies that account for many religions throughout the world. One of those religions, Vodou, commonly spelled Voodoo, evolved in Haiti as the predominant religion of the people incorporating traditions imported by enslaved Africans. In an attempt to investigate Vodou beliefs and for a better understanding of the religion, Karen McCarthy Brown immerses herself into the life of Alourdes Macena and their extended Vodou family kinship....   [tags: Religious Ritual Study]

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Xenia in the Odyssey

- In the times that The Odyssey was first composed, xenia seemed to be a very important concept and way of life for the ancient Greeks. Xenia was an ancient Greek tradition of hospitality which consisted of a host-guest ritual, which followed a series of steps and a permanent, unplanned agreement of friendship between strangers. In the first four books of the The Odyssey, or the Telemachy, xenia is seen to affect how people interact with one another in every situation where people greet one another....   [tags: hospitality, concept, laws, ritual]

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Gender and Dreaming in Mapuche Shamanistic Practices

- In Machi ritual practices, wholeness or balance is associated with well-being and health, therefore the performative element of gender takes precedence over the concept of gender as associated with sex. In order to achieve wholeness, it is necessary to encompass male and female principles, as well as those of youth and old age. When performing healing rituals, a machi will “assume masculine, feminine and co-gendered identities”, moving between these identities or combining them (Bacigalupo, 2007, p....   [tags: Machi Ritual Practices, Wholeness, Balance]

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Blood Power: Mimetic Rivalry and Patrilineal Descent of Sacrificial Ritual

- Blood Power: Mimetic Rivalry and Patrilineal Descent of Sacrificial Ritual PERFORMANCE NOTES This piece includes three movements. Each movement depicts a mythic or ritual relationship between women’s blood and sacrifice. I have adapted each of these myths/rituals in some of my own words to create a narrative. In the first story, the sacrifice is not explicit, but has become a part of the ritual that reenacts the myth. The bloodletting that comprises the ritual reenactment does not result in death, but functions as a rite of passage for young boys and functions as a cathartic experience for communities of men, much as a ritual sacrifice is said to bond a community....   [tags: Myth]

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The Myth and Ritual of Coffee in Mario Puzo’s The Fortunate Pilgrim

- The Myth and Ritual of Coffee in Mario Puzo’s The Fortunate Pilgrim When I arrived in Italy in May 1998, my first order of business was to sample some Italian coffee. Being an avid coffee drinker, and having heard that Italians brew the best in the world, I was quite eager to find a little bar that would cheerfully quench my craving. I was not disappointed. The cappuccino that I sipped that day was a two-layer affair, a mountain of rich foamy milk atop a modest amount of strong, hot espresso....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Fernbank Museum of Nature History

- Fernbank Museum Of Natural History For my field trip assignment, I decided to visit the Fernbank Museum Of Natural History. Located in Atlanta Georgia, the Fernbank Museum has a small cafe, an IMAX theater, museum stores, and many different exhibits, including hands on experiences that cater more to children. Aesthetically from the outside, Fernbank looks like a grand brick building situated in the middle of a woodsy area. Three tall dinosaur structures greet you while walking through the front door, and upon entering, after obtaing your tickets, you walk into the main foyer where you can see the main room and winding staircases that lead you up and down the three story building....   [tags: ritual, dinosaur, megatherium, dress, polo]

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The Shia Islam

- The Shia represents the second largest piece of Islam after Sunni Islam and is approximately fifteen to twenty-five percent of Muslims worldwide. Adherent of the Shia Islam are the Shi’ites or Shias. The Shia consists of one major way of thinking known as the Jafaryia or the “Twelvers,” and a few minor ways of thinking (Syed). These names all refer to the number of religious leaders they recognize after the death of Muhammad. The term Shia is usually meant to be synonymous with the Jafaryia/Twelvers....   [tags: religion, muslims, ritual, tradition, Jafaryia]

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Ritual and Vows of Christian Marrage and Their Influence on the Differing Ways that Couples Approach Marraige and Marital Breakdown

- Ritual and Vows of Christian Marrage and Their Influence on the Differing Ways that Couples Approach Marraige and Marital Breakdown Most people see marriage as a sacrament that should be intended for life. It is often thought of as a deep way of sharing between a couple. Most people get married because it's a lifelong commitment, it's a way of bringing up children in a secure and loving home, a way to control and direct the sex instinct and a way of gaining a friend and companion for life....   [tags: Papers]

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The Theatrical and Ritual Aesthetics of Signifying

- Signifying is a way people (usually in a weak position) use coded language to fool a person (usually in a position of power) who doesn’t understand the play on words. The origin of signifying goes back to the African tale of the Signifying Monkey. The Signifying Monkey is a trickster figure of Yoruba mythology; also called Esu-Elegbara in Nigeria and Legaba among the Fon in Dahomey. Signifying uses one word, preserves its original meaning, but puts another oppositional layer of meaning over it....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Mexican traditional dance

- The official name of Mexico is called Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos. This country is a federal republic with thirty one states and a Distrito Federal which is much of Mexico City. (Standish, 2009) Mexico is the located in North America with the United States and Guatemala as its borders. Mexico is surrounded by the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Mexican culture has many influences from other cultures including: Spanish, German, French, indigenous peoples and African tradition. (Cross, 2008) All of these cultures have mixed and influenced Mexico’s common beliefs....   [tags: Cultural History, Ritual Drama]

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Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman

- Experiencing new worlds and encountering new dilemmas, magic, wisdom, truth: all of these elements characterizes the context of the book Of Water and Spirit by Malidona Patrice Some. Here, magic and everyday life come to an affinity, and respect and rituals are necessary tools to survive. The author portrays the Dagara culture in a very specific way. This culture makes no differentiation between what is natural, or "normal", and what is supernatural, or magical. Ancestors compound the core of communities and individuals....   [tags: Malidoma Patrice Somé]

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Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman

- Of Water and the Spirit is more than simply an account of Malidoma's life and initiation, it is a detailed description of the worldview of a Dagara man, who is forcibly subjected to traditional Western thought for fifteen years and then returns to his home physically, at first, but spiritually only once he goes through initiation, or what the Dagara call the Baar. Malidoma's recount of his story, being very similar to the storytelling of an African Griot, uses amazing imagery that allows the listener to sincerely experience his thoughts and actions and the things he sees, hears, and feels throughout his early life up to now....   [tags: Malidoma Patrice Somé]

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The Proper Mode of Baptism

- The Proper Mode of Baptism Becoming a Christian is considered by many to be the greatest thing that one can do in life. Praying, worshipping God, and studying His word are all valuable parts to a walk in faith. Yet, some tend to forget an important action that should take place to attest a stand for Christianity. Baptism is an act of confirming that one is a Christian while symbolizing the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Through the teachings of the Bible and Jesus, it is apparent that the Southern Baptist view of baptism is the most accurate to the symbolization of Christ’s perfect resurrection and declares the public statement to necessary to affirm the relationship with Jesus....   [tags: christian, church, ritual]

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Mummification in Ancient Egypt

- About four and a half thousand years ago, the ancient Egyptians started a tradition that would last for thousands of years. The practice of preserving the bodies of the dead was both ritualistic and spiritual. Their intricate burial procedures and elaborate tombs were also a crucial part of laying the deceased to rest. The process of mummification began as an accident. Before they buried their dead in proper graves, the Egyptians laid their loved ones to rest in shallow pits in the desert. The sand and heat from the sun dried out the bodies which preserved them perfectly....   [tags: Body Presevation, Ritual, Spiritual]

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Japanese Culture and Homosexuality

- In 1804 Napoléon I instituted The Napoleonic Code. The code outlawed rights centered on birth, endorsed freedom of religion, and indicated that administration occupations should go to the utmost capable. In 1880 after the induction of the Napoleonic Code, same-sex sexual interaction was legalized in Japan. In the feudal era, Japan held a very strong relationship with the behavior of homosexual activity between men. There were strong indications of sexual activity being a rite of passage for some men as well as a pleasure and privilege to others....   [tags: ritual paths into manhood]

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Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman

- The spoken word is a powerful tool. In contrast to written text, oration has an added emotional quality that is conveyed in the quivering of the vocal cords and the tambour of the voice. Words may tell the story, but the voice makes it come alive. Malidoma Patrice Some recounts his life story in the audio version Of Water and Spirit. Sadly, you know that as Malidoma narrates his life, he is simultaneously reliving it, making it more vivid for the listener. Malidoma’s story, however, is not the story of one man’s struggle in a world slowly being dominated by European society....   [tags: Malidoma Patrice Somé]

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Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman

- It is quite ironic that Malidoma’s name so accurately depicts the life mission to which he so persistently tries to accomplish. Indeed, the magnificence behind Of Water and the Spirit lies in Malidoma’s approach in trying to "befriend a stranger" and educate rather than defame the Western world. The vividness and conviction to which he explains his grandfather’s life and the events in his initiation, which seem whimsical to any Westerner, definitely remind one that Malidoma’s tribe belongs to a world so remarkably different to the West....   [tags: Malidoma Patrice Somé]

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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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The Culture of India: Types of Rituals, Dances, Jewelry, Languages, People, and Customs

- India’s culture is very diverse. One may call it strange, weird, or even bizarre. The culture of India includes: different types of rituals, dances, jewelry, languages, people, and different customs. India’s culture is very beautiful and distinguishable. From rituals to languages the culture of India is amazing and full of life. The rituals in India are very unique. They are rituals for religion, Jain, and Sikh. There are many more rituals which contribute to India’s customs and culture. Those were just a handful of the rituals there, they are many more....   [tags: india's culture, hindu rituals, indians]

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Coming of Age Rituals

- Coming of Age: The Passage to Adulthood Rituals around the world all teach valuable lessons that help initiates see the value and importance of life. Each culture has different rituals that provide experiences for their youth to learn these valuable lessons of life. Many coming of age rituals are intense procedures. The Amazon's Satere Mawé youth enter adulthood through the bullet-ant glove initiation, teaching courage and endurance, and the crocodile scaring ritual that the men from the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea participate in teaches them pain and accomplishment....   [tags: Adulthood, Cultural Practices]

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Myth Rituals of Akkammadeities by Urumulavaru

- According to mythology majority of the people worship Lord Shiva as a divine mercy god and his wife Parvathi as Adi Parasakthi who are known as Universal parents. Akkammavarlu (local deities) are the seven daughters of Lord Shiva, who are named as ‘Peddakka Pailadi’, ‘Chinnakka Sridevi’, ‘Raddanapu Kuranji’, ‘Kaanthanala Kaamakshi’, ‘Ontiki Sutthani’, ‘Pettu Poojakshi’, ‘Kadaguttu Nagamma’ are represented for seven lokas Devaloka, Gandharva loka, Swarga loka, Swarna loka, Vaikunta loka, Nagaloka and Indra loka respectively and came down to the Earth....   [tags: lord shiva, parvthi, universal parents]

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Rituals of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry

- My goal for this assignment was to collect and analyze ritual practices within the American society. I began my research by attending a religious service in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) at the University of Georgia. The religious service was held in their chapel, located on the intersection of Lumpkin and Baldwin Street. Their religious services are every week on Tuesdays at 7pm. On the Tuesday of November 12, I attended one their ritual services to record my observations for my anthropological work....   [tags: Anthropology Essays]

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The Significance of Sporting Event Rituals

- Durkheim’s theoretical approach of rituals, presents a unique perspective that describes the important social rituals that take place in today’s society such as churches, funerals, weddings, and sporting events. Throughout his theory, Durkheim describes different social groups and explains how these beliefs and practices are directly related to the rituals and actions that are associated with them. Durkheim presents a relationship between the behaviors of ritual and devotion to social order. Many rituals often have sacred items that provide individuals with a significant meaning or set of specific beliefs, which connect them to a particular group....   [tags: devotions, classical social theories]

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Rituals of Death within Literature

- The “rituals” of death within literature can be seen as based upon the protagonist. Usually the deaths of those surrounding the protagonist, will ironically suffer the same fate. Whether from Beowulf, or from William Shakespeare’s well-known plays Hamlet, and Macbeth, there stands a ritualistic “connection” between these literary works. These literary works possess the acts of dying a purposeful, heroic death as well as heinous suicides. These deaths are ritualized differently on the basis of religious beliefs—influenced by the year written—as well as the overall “goodness” of the departed....   [tags: rituals, protagonist, death, suicides]

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The Rituals of Death within Literature

- Death in Literature The “rituals” of death within the literature can be seen as based upon the heroic protagonist. Usually the deaths of those surrounding the protagonist, will coincidently experience tragic deaths. Whether from Beowulf, or from William Shakespeare’s well-known plays Hamlet, and Macbeth, there exist a “connection” within these arts of work on the way death is emphasized, and how deep sorrowful emotions are dealt with. The meaning of dying a purposeful death, versus a tragic one with one causing their own death is treated differently in a ritualistic way as from a philosophical way....   [tags: Hamlet, Macbeth, Beowolf]

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Dating Rituals in College

- Dating rituals Dating has changed from the early 1900s. In the past, people did not have the technology available that we have in today's age but dating rituals in the modern era are highly technical. Whether it is in the past or today's ages there are six steps in the dating rituals: First is meet the person, second ask the person out, third decide where you want to go, fourth getting prepared for the date, fifth is going on the date, sixth completion of the date. The first step in the dating ritual is meeting the person....   [tags: meeting, plans, social]

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The Rituals of an Actor: Biography of David Edwards

- David Edwards is a stage and film acting veteran from Las Cruces, New Mexico. He has performed in countless stage performances and several onscreen acting jobs during the last four decades. Mr. Edwards employs both practical and magic rituals to the preparations for his stage performances, and he keeps a good luck charm on his person. His rituals are less extreme than many other stage performers who are extremely observant of superstitions and adamant about preshow rituals. Anthropologists would take note of the greater ritual associated with stage acting than with film acting, as performers feel a lesser need for luck in the mistakes- forgiving world of film....   [tags: film, acting, performing]

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Gorontalo Mystical Rituals: Hidden Tourism Potential To be Revealed

- It is merely known that Gorontalo is full of its diversity of culture. The variety of culture comes from the diversity of its tribes and local wisdom. Most of Gorontalese still has deep conviction of this culture value, and they still apply the culture in their daily life. One of the evidence is the existence of mystical culture in Gorontalo. In Gorontalo, mystical culture is implemented in traditions, beliefs and dances. Those things are important assets that needs to be preserved and maintained by the next generations of Gorontalo natives....   [tags: tribes, religion, culture]

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What role do rituals play in affirming community?

- In essence, everything we do is a ritual. Rituals are tradition, a way of gathering people together to celebrate; to mourn; to live. They are also a way of conforming; religious rituals may make people feel better because the known is better than the ‘unknown’. From mundane things such as shopping to important ones like remembrance services for those who died in wars. It is my objective in this essay to try to explain in what ways that rituals affirm communities (if they do) and what role they take....   [tags: Social Traditions, Religion, Fabric of Society]

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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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Marriage Rituals in India and United States

- Marriage can be defined as the formal union of a man and a woman, typically recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife (Webster’s Dictionary). Although this definition of marriage is common in many different parts of the world, the way people decide who to marry varies greatly. The selection process used to decipher who to spend the rest of their life with is a daunting task and most people go about it differently. In the United States, love is what most people think is the major factor in determining whether or not to marry someone....   [tags: Marriage, muslim, Misri]

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