Symbolism, Rituals And Traditions Of The Catholic Church Essay

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Symbolism, Rituals and Traditions in the Catholic Church


In this ethnographic paper, I elected to write on Symbolism, Rituals and Traditions in the Catholic Church. Our textbook states, “There is no general agreement among scholars as to why people need religion, or how spirits, gods, and other supernatural beings and forces come into existence.” Scholars cannot determine why people practice religions; I thought it would be interesting to explore the many customs and practices within the Catholic Church and why 1.2 billion people in the world practice them.
Background and Methods:

For this analysis I Interviewed my Great Grandmother Regina at her 91st birthday party held at my Uncle’s home in Anaheim. My grandmother is a devout Catholic and attends mass every Sunday.
In approaching my ethnographic paper, I have tried to incorporate both emic and epic approaches to research. The Foundation of Qualitative Research in Education states, “In taking an emic approach, a researcher tries to put aside prior theories and assumptions in order to let the participants and data “speak” to them and to allow themes, patterns, and concepts to emerge.”
While I interviewed my grandmother, I tried to incorporate the emic approach and kept an open mind and listened to her talk about her religious beliefs and rituals. While doing my research I tried not to add my own bias or perceptions. On this level, I was able to gain an understanding of what it means for a…

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