What is ritual
ritual is a activity but when something is magical to us we develop ritual to create the belief that we can control uncontrollable and inexplicable.
A ritual is something that we do unconsciously so we no longer apply logic or a real thought process to actions
Effect of rituals
It may include sacrifices and prayer, rituals may have future benefits for those involved, such a happiness, mental health, religious experience. Rituals are important in providing a sense of security and loyalty to each individual person and our society.
ritual can effects our society in Two ways. good and bad way
in good way it increase leadership Quality And rituals dark side can be that erroneous belief, it can reduce creativity.
Relation between rituals and religion
Rituals, not shared beliefs, provide the glue that holds together religious communities over a long period of time, says a Penn State sociologist.
“Members of a congregation may assume that they hold common religious beliefs, but it is religious ritual that creates and sustains continued fellowship,” says Dr. Daniel B. Lee assistant professor of sociology at Penn State’s DuBois Campus.
“This is a key point for understanding the social structure of religious communities and the relationship between ritual and belief,” Lee notes. “While an individual may sincerely hold religious beliefs, a group does not have a common mind and cannot hold any belief. Faith becomes socially relevant through action. Until there is action, religion is socially meaningless.”
Famous rituals and their reasons in india
In india Women keeps vrats(fasts)for their husband’s wellness. It helps to detoxify our body and give our digestive system some rest in between for cleaning purpose
in indian culture when people greeting they join their hands palm and say namaste.Joining the tipes of the fingers activate the pressure point of eye,ear and mind which eventually help us to remember the person for a long time
Normally women used to wear toe ring. Toe rings press the important pressure point which help woman in the regular menstrual cycle as this nerve in the uterus.Women prefer the silver toe rings because silver is a good conductor and it also helps to enter the energy of earth into our body
4-tilak and bindi
tilak and bindi right between our eyebrows.It helps to hold the concentration and human energy
mehandi is a specific herb which keeps our hand calm.It cools our nervous system
it is anci ritual especially for girls. It helps to embrace the intellectual process and increase decision making ability
I am not sure that there is always science behind the rituals but i am sure that there is always reasons behind it. Rituals made for our benefits But now it is being followed unconsciously.
rituals like chinese whisper game.Ancestors made a beneficial ritual. now till this modern it comes with new things. Now it is no longer beneficial.