Everyday rituals: are they so needful?

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Modern world has got very little number of rituals -- at least in that sort as we perform them. That rituals which were saved - for example rituals which are related with different celebrations have lost their meaning and has no contents besides memorized repetition. Nevertheless every culture in any part of the world present itself as a difficult system of rituals and ceremonials in some period of its evolution. Such behavior can solve problems, change statuses and yield tangible results. Its were used for centures to manifestate and express of emotions, build yourself as a personality and identify of a tribe or a nation. They brought effect of transformation, help to bring order to chaos and keep orientation in space and time. Rituals were part of life and we have got difficulties in our day because we are bereft rules which could be used in different cituations.

What does ritual mean

Professor Caterine Bell as an ritual's investigator and themed monograph's author determines ritual as a "customary action that was assimilated on very high level that prime cause could be forgotten". The most elementary instance of ritual is handshaking in a meeting. There is no real reason why capturing someone else's hand and shaking it should be accompanied by acquaintance. The gesture takes root in people minds and we don't think that handshaking could be replaced with a head nod or a coulple of welcome words.

On the other hand, ingrained habit to wash hands when you come home is not ritual because there is a precise factual relative between action and needed result. But this hygienic procedure can become a ritual for example when a prist wets his hands in the baptismal font. This gesture is mostly symbolic and exactly the symbolism determines gist of a ritual.

Six inalienable attributes of a ritual

Formalism. The property is hidden in various number of behavior that could be used in some situaions. For example, barbecue party has very random tone and you can behave as you wish taking in your view no rules. Simultaneously, dinner party has got some formal rules that couldn't be ignored. Thereby a ritual characterizes presence of some models of behavior which could not be ignored.

Traditionalism. Rituals are often formed as an activity based on values and behavior which were actual on creation moment. This binding with past fills a ritual with sacred meaning and provide a sense of confidence for participants through continuity of tradition

Peace-pipe is a well-established but incorrect name for calumet and other indian ceremonial pipes. And it actually exhibits meaning of just one type of pipes and a ritual when that pipes were used. There are were many types of pipes, mixies for smoking and ceremonies in many north-american native cultures. That ceremonies were unique because they were related to lost religions and beliefs of that tribes. There were many pipes: for war and peace, commercial and trading, social and politician decisions.

Discipline. It is often considered as one of determinant signs of a ritual. This attribite can be characterize with next meaning: "disciplined set of actions with exact repeating and thorough control". We can remember a formation of soldiers to demonstrate this sign which contribute common action.

Management rules. Every ritual is determed with set of rules. Professional sport is example of activity which can be classed as ritual because rules regulate implicitly actions of participants. A game itself has got a lott with ritual but simultaneously hasn't own sanctity.

Sacral symbolism. Ritual can use everyday and special things, tap particular parts of the body, images and turns it into something special and even saint. Its sancity symbolizes something more than simple set of thing's functions thereby sets them abstract valuation. Thereby incense in the a church is real sign of ritual acivity whereas incense for home is not such sign.

Audience. A ritual in all demonstrations has got a particular viewer. It could be God, group of people or man who is doing actions. By this way the ritual gets ritual features and becomes a kind of drama which is played with particular scenario.

The more characteristic properties are owned by behavior, event or cituation the stronger it is opposed to chaos of everyday life.

A ritual's scale can't be limited with anything. They could be big or little, private or govern, indibidual or secular. Funerals, weddings, presidential inauguration, church services, christening, fraternal initiation and tribal rites - this all are rituals. Handshakings, congratulations, greetings and farewells, dining etiquette and even sleeping preparations - all will be able to become rituals when it will get all set of signs above.

Where do rituals gone?

Almost every aspect of life was ritualised in many traditional communities. Where did rituals disapper in modern culture? Culturologists named education as main enemy of ritual consciousness. Awareness of root causes for events and increasing common level of education resulted in many traditional actions disappeared and were desacralised. Decreasing religiosity in society contributed it in many way. Magic effeciency of rituals such as eating "flesh" and "blood" of Christ or baptism were realised natives as solely symbolic. Nevertheless splashes of religiosity and as result - rituals are observed in difficult moments of life today such as war, natural disasters or catastrophes.

Rituals demonstration is the most popular in modern army. Army as the most conservative power saves that rituals which were used in deep old times without changing meaning. Oath is one of such rituals which takes it story from initiation rites where an youth had to prove his right to become a man. Also fetishism in modified form present in army as storage and reverence for the flag, honor returns (recognition of the superiority of the older) and many others rituals. Culture value of a ritual decreased in second part of 20'th century where personal freedom and individual responsibility have got first priority. But only one feature of ritual was saved identification of utensils to separate group of people, nation or culture.

Modern rituals

Process of substitution old rituals with new goes continuously. Signs of ritual get new actions. Like this viewing soccer game with beer in company with friends can be named as ritual of new type which has got all necessary signs. Selfsame morning workout can become a ritual that has got sacral meaning for particular men. Almost all official events could be recognized as rituals. For example ceremony of Oscar's presentations got all signs of a rite and especially apprecciate by viewers. Nevertheless action could be named a ritual when its formality is directed for action quality increase or its comprehension. For example we can see such behavior in subcultures where diving in formalities and traditions is grade of dedication.

In spite of common declining of rate's worth we can't traverse it exactly accurate form of culture which will bring regulation and structuring of human life. Ritual's magic can do many things without momentary result. Create a couple of rituals for yourself and possibly it will be able to become a base for more amplitudinous actions for increasing life quality.

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Modern world has got very little number of rituals -- at least in that sort as we perform them. That rituals which were saved - for example rituals which are related with different celebrations have lost their meaning and has no contents besides memorized repetition
Modern world has got very little number of rituals -- at least in that sort as we perform them. That rituals which were saved - for example rituals which are related with different celebrations have lost their meaning and has no contents besides memorized repetition
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Rituals of everyday life: why do we use them?

Everyday rituals: are they so needful?

Modern world has got very little number of rituals -- at least in that sort as we perform them. That rituals which were saved - for example rituals which are related with different celebrations have lost their meaning and has no contents besides memorized repetition

650

John
John
Merelinc
24.07.1987
male
Frontend developer

2017

John
John
Merelinc
24.07.1987
male
Frontend developer

26.02.2017

John
John
Merelinc
24.07.1987
male
Frontend developer

Everyday rituals: are they so needful?

Modern world has got very little number of rituals -- at least in that sort as we perform them. That rituals which were saved - for example rituals which are related with different celebrations have lost their meaning and has no contents besides memorized repetition.

Everyday rituals: are they so needful?

Modern world has got very little number of rituals -- at least in that sort as we perform them. That rituals which were saved - for example rituals which are related with different celebrations have lost their meaning and has no contents besides memorized repetition.

John
John
Merelinc
24.07.1987
male
Frontend developer
John
John
Merelinc
24.07.1987
male
Frontend developer

English
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Rituals of everyday life: why do we use them?
2017



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Rituals of everyday life: why do we use them?
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Modern world has got very little number of rituals -- at least in that sort as we perform them. That rituals which were saved - for example rituals which are related with different celebrations have lost their meaning and has no contents besides memorized repetition.

Everyday rituals: are they so needful?