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From time to time immemorial people have performed rituals out of a deep-rooted human need to come into the presence of the Divine. When a theophany is reenacted, harmony and balance, necessary for leading a satisfactory life, are restored to the individual participants and to the community as a whole.This collection of seventeen studies illuminates the power of ritual to facilitate life transitions and includes discussion of rituals associated with childbirth, adolescent initiation, wedding and funeral rites, and rituals used to resolve conflict and reinforce the solidarity of a community. The reader will observe how rituals resolve the tension between modernity and tradition, and will understand why rituals have not lost their power over the millennia.
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