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Ritual creates new realities
How to manage a society, according to an anthropologist.
“One of the big mistakes people make is that they think about rituals as simply a mirror to society, reflecting back at us what already is. Rituals aren’t simply reflections of what already is. They are there to create new realities.”
An anthropologist at Edinburgh University.
“Rituals are also things powerful people invent for us. Ruling classes use them to manage our moods, to encourage us to accept social hierarchies. Elites rearrange the jigsaw of humanity into beautiful images of the world, with them at the centre.”
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