[quote author=“Brennen”]Rituals are theatrical productions that have been refined by time and practice to tap into such feelings, and they have lots of psychological value. Problem is, the traditional ones are all tied into nonsensical supernatural ideologies, and the manufactured ones just don’t have the power (sorry, but Christmas beats Humanlight for me every time, despite my lack of any shred of Christian belief). I suspect, though I couldn’t prove it, that most people need some organized, traditional, communal structure to help organize the significance of such feelings a moments. That’s why I tend to support the subversion and secularisation of religion rather than it’s outright overthrow.
I agree very much with that. You and I are on opposite side when it comes to buddhism though.
Rituals is an interesting subject. Roy Rappaport wrote a highly technical book about how rituals makes humanity according to him. Sadly his prose is so english that me who are not a native user of E. has a hard time following him or even citing or quoting him.
But he studied the role of rituals all over the world for his whole life as an anthropologist with religious practice among tribes as speciality if I get it. there is a wiki about him.
As I remember the book by him I read he claims rituals are rather powerful but natural while many religions claim they are supernatural ways of connecting to the holy.
Maybe rituals was a byproduct or they could be very basic to us as social animals. Even animals have rituals but on another level but it seems to be a very basic body language of how to relate and how to display what the hierarchy is and ones place in it and how much one submit to the powers to be. That seems very natural to me. Even animals do such displays.