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- What does ritual mean?
- The ritual (Persian: آیین) is a religious ceremony usually performed according to some predetermined rules. Most of the rites are made of symbols and divine concepts. It is usually done in temples, in special clothes and in some religions with special make-up.
- Ritual is a French word. This word is also used for certain official ceremonies in Western languages that are performed according to certain rules, but are not religious. Rituals are characterized but not defined by formalism, traditionalism, invariance, rule-governance, sacral symbolism and performance.
- Rituals term in psychology, used to neutralize a technical sense, sometimes the concern of a person or used for the prevention of recurrent behavior; it is a symptom of obsessive–compulsive disorder.
- Etymology of ritual
- The English word “ritual” derives from the Latin ritualis, “that which pertains to rite (ritus)“.
- Characteristics of ritual
- Interesting 14 Ritual culture:
- 1. Self-Flagellation ritual: This rituals followers do that ritual on every yeary holy month of muharram.
- 2. Endocannibalism ritual: Most of us either bury our dead in a cemetery or take them to a crematorium. We feel that is the way to treat our dead loved ones with respect. But not the Melanesian people of Papua New Guinea. Believe it or not, they eat their dead!
- 3. Baby Jumping ritual: Thanks to Adam and Eve’s bonking in the Garden of Eden against the good Lord’s pleasure, to cleanse their newborn babies of the original sin, villagers of Castrillo de Murcia in northern Spain have their infants laid out in the street to be jumped over by men dressed as the devil
- 4. The Sun Dance: That sun dancers example of Native Americans rituals and cerenomies.
- 5. Tibetan Buddhist Sky Burial ritual: Apparently, Tibetan Buddhists will chop up your dead body and feed it to wild animals and predominantly vultures, hence the name sky burial. All said and done, it is still a beautiful world with nice people despite of these cultural practices and beliefs.
- 6. Vodoo and spiritual possession ritual: This ritual part of west africa. They remain in this state (forest etc.) for theree days without any food or water, until finally they are brought back to consciousness after another set of rituals.
- 7. Kanamara Matsuri ritual: This is a unique ritual among the Japanese, otherwise called the penis festival! Did you say oh my God’? Imagine an erect giant wooden penis being paraded around town to bring good luck to your urinary apparatus. Doesn’t sound bad, does it? This ritual every year on March 15
- 8. Sati ritual: In India, when a husband died, the wife jumped into the fire cremating the husband’s body. This was a sort of insurance against an opportunistic angel stealing your husband in the afterlife!
- 9. Famadihana ritual: It is great misery to be a dead man among the Malagasy people of Madagascar. After they bury you, they will come back again and dig you up, dance hysterically while tossing your bones around before burying you again, just to hasten decomposition!
- 10. Fire Walking ritual: That ritual is taoist on malaysia ritals. Walking barefoot on burning embers omg.
- 11. Religious Self-Mummification ritual: Here’s an interesting fact about the Sokushinbutsu Buddhist monks of Japan. To self-mummify, they committed suicide by living on a seed and nut diet for a thousand days, poisonous tea to make their flesh unpalatable to the ubiquitous maggot for another thousand days before retiring to a tomb for the eternal slumber. What a nice way of sending your local embalmer to inflation!
- 12. Man down Russian Drinking Game ritual: Now, imagine a game where three men compete to gulp down free bottles of vodka. The game only ends when one of them passes out!
- 13. Carrying Wife over Coal ritual: In China, a husband should carry his wife and walk over red-hot coal when going to their house for the very first time. This ostensibly secures the wife an easy labor in the foreseeable future.
- 14. Ritual Finger Amputation: All women and children related to a dead man among the Dani people of Papua New Guinea had to cut their own fingers to identify with the pain and sorrow of death. This gruesome ritual was also believed to drive away evil spirits.
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