Ritual and Psychology
What is Ritual?
Habitual form of behavior that links itself to larger then self ( commitment ) Brushing your teeth being a ritual
running everyday is ritualist? maybe maybe not, whats happening in your mind when your doing it
American Spousal Exchange
Vegas, San Fran, New york
divorce rate lower then average 15-20 %
Are they capable of love? Yes they are
they separate sex and love
why don’t their marriages there their marriages apart?
has to do with ritual, they all do the same thing
preritualistic things- comments about clothes, partners they like, they become focused on each other, they reaffirm to one another, men saved their ejeculation
thy’re upholding the couple, that they are a unit
a separation to rejunivate their relationship
We need ritual for us to become social
without ritual no social
Also works on the national level
fourth of july
2002 4 july more sacred because of the emotional meaning
emphasis on value
everybody in the group is aware of the holiday
Van Gennep Rights of Passage
3 processes in a Life Crisis
Separation- that you are not part, step back from everyday life, become a different person, Birth- not being a member of the church, baptistism transitional- Liminal - a movement between status, being a student not sure what your going to be when your going to grow up, there’s always a point moving from one identity to another , marriage, single people then being engaged , going steady , living together, mourners- after burring body and funerals Incorporation
break up all of society
Inside Structure, in between,top/bottom of structure
-outside structure- batman and robin
-we tend to image people in the top and bottom, who are more morally loose
working class or college educated, more erotically experimental?
Egalitarian- rock concerts, drinking, getting high, not caring...
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