Who Shapes Our Culture?

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There are many aspects that shape our modern culture. Religions, media, families, society in general are just a hand full of the many things that shape our culture. Religion has a huge affect on culture. Culture is transmitted, through language, material objects, ritual, institutions, and art, from one generation to the next. It is noticeable everywhere you go. Religion is based on these factors to ‘spread their word'. Holy buildings, like churches and mosques, are the hot spot to shape our culture. Language is used to teach the congregation (or similar) with the repeated call and responses and lots of long winded readings from their holy book. They obey to the language that they hear coming from the priest, from the moment the mass begins. Material objects are used throughout religion. There is always a Holy Book. This book, like the priest's calls, is obeyed word for word. The Commandments tell you exactly what not to do and they are strictly followed. There are objects used on alters such as cups, dishes and cloths that carry sacred food and drink. The material objects that are the main key to shaping our culture are religious symbols. The Christians use their Cross of Christ and the Islam has their Crescent Moon. All the many symbols are branded everywhere in our culture. They have even reached the shelves of all the top market brands, but they, however, do not include our blessed Jesus pinned on them. A statue of Buddha, nevertheless, makes a great gift. Rituals appear in every upmarket religion. The set of actions that comprise a ritual often include, but are not limited to, such things as readings, singing, group processions, repetitive dance, use of sacred objects, etc. The general purpose of rituals is to express some basic truth or meaning, evoke spiritual, emotional responses from participants. Mass itself is a ritual. Christians adopt the stand-up-sit-down method while many others like to kneel on the floor and adopt the bend-up-bend-down. Each...
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