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Ritual Praxis. Defining Passage Rites From An Action Perspective

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Ritual is a primary expression of religious praxis. To many people their reasons to participate in liturgy have grown unclear, as is illustrated by the sharp decline of church participation in the last decades in various countries of Europe. A classical goal associated with rites is that of regulating status. Rites of passage are said to mark changes in the statuses and roles that people fulfil in the course of their lives. The religious goals of passage rites as they are framed in the sacred imagery and gestures of liturgy do not work simply by following ritual rules of conduct but also depend on the capacities of the participants to be welded together exactly because their latent values are being touched upon and put in a shared perspective of the new statuses into which the primary actors are being introduced.

Keywords: liturgy; passage rites; religious goals; religious praxis; ritual praxis; sacred imagery



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