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Beliefs And Values

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This chapter discusses some of the beliefs and values that accompany the ritual activities. After a brief introduction to implicit values embedded in family life and ethical principles to be observed by the people, values that are promoted in locally-available official sources, the chapter moves to a discussion of the personal beliefs of worshipers as the context of the explicit goals of temple festivals. Such beliefs can be expressed directly or implied from what people do in their rituals. There follows a discussion of beliefs and legends about the gods and the values held to be supported by them, and moral values expressed in the operas and folk tales performed or recited at festivals. Additional evidence about such values in operas is provided in an Appendix at the end of the chapter. It provides passages from local ritual leaders expressing the explicit goals of festivals in honor of the gods.

Keywords: operas; ritual activities



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