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Repeated activity as ritual reality
Aleš Opekar

Last modified: 2013-01-22


In this paper I argue that some recurrence of a steady flow of activity can be treated as a contemporary ritual. We can find such features in common life, as well as in the popular music sphere, on the stage, and within the audience. Such activities can reward bearers with a spiritual value or relief (such as the strengthening of faith and courage; driving away fear, stress and nervousness; calling success; celebration). In traditional ethnic environments, religious ceremonies and rites, the communication is focused on supernatural powers. Here, in a modern ritual, there is a willingness to attribute supernatural character to everyday, ordinary matters. This paper explores the functions of these common day rituals, and defines some typical examples.

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