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Ritual

Rituals are practices we use to mark a particular time, space, or transition as important, sacred, or worthy of memory, keeping us grounded and connected within a culture, nature, and/or the spiritual world. These activities both add and reinforce meaning in our lives, whether they are small and personal (such as lighting a certain candle every evening), or large and complex (such as celebrating a royal wedding or a religious festival). We can find a lot of value and reassurance in rituals, whether by creating our own or participating in ones created thousands of years ago. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

Patterns in Comparative Religion

In this era of increased knowledge the essence of religious phenomena eludes the psychologists, sociologists, linguists, and other specialists because they do not study it as religious.

The Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History

First published in English in 1954, this founding work of the history of religions secured the North American reputation of the Romanian émigré-scholar Mircea Eliade.

The Sacred and The Profane: The Nature of Religion

In The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade observes that while contemporary people believe their world is entirely profane, or secular, they still at times find themselves connected unconsciously to the memory of something sacred.

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