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    Human Sacrifice, during the Shang Dynasty, affected the economy because it gave people jobs, but it also killed the members of the society. “When a king was buried, slaves, servants and animals, were led down the ramps into the pit.” The slaves and servants were sacrificed because the Shang believed that they would continue to serve their masters in the afterlife.“ When their masters died, the slaves were sometimes sacrificed…” When a master died, a new master would come to the estate, with his…

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    Potlatch Research Paper

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    The Northwest Indian Tribes were bustling about preparing for a potlatch. They were cooking meats, smoke rising out of the baskets in which they cooked. You could hear the, "Cha, cha,cha" of the lusciously dressed dancers practicing. They were all waiting for you to finish their totem pole. What is a potlatch? Potlatches are big ceremonial parties, that took a lot of money, and time to plan. In a potlatch,…

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    Hsun Tzu Rites Summary

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    In A Discussion of Rites, Hsun Tzu discusses human desires and the way in which they are satiated through ritual. When a person is in constant struggles to fulfill their desires, that person loses control of their life. Since ancient times, rulers have noticed this, so they “established ritual principles… to train men’s desires and to provide for their satisfaction” (89). These kings also recognized that desires and material goods matter greatly to man, so “ both desires and goods were looked…

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    disease. People with OCD tend to double check things more than the normal person. A person with OCD might perform routines or rituals over and over. These rituals quiet the part of their brain causing the obsessions. An example would be someone who is obsessed with germs. They develop a compulsion to wash their hands multiple times a day. The obsession is with germs, and the ritual is the hand washing. OCD sometimes runs in families, but no one really knows what causes it. Cognitive behavior…

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    Pahkola Masks

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    The Pahkola people have two leaders for their ceremonies on that is in charge of leading the deer dances and one that is in charge of the pahkolam. Both leaders are call Moro, and the leader of the deer dance wears a black mask, but the other dancers were their created masks for the dance. The mask are commonly worn on the back or left side of the head and when a Pahkola person dies the mask is also places on the top of Pahkola person’s head when they are buried, along with a note. These mask…

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    to promote themselves to a higher superior species, ritual becomes an essential part of human life. Yet, the majority of people comply with these practices regardless of the nature or the fundamental roots of them, whether it is benevolent or malevolent. In other words, superstitious and extremely religious individuals follow traditions blindly, which will consequently lead to social dissension and turmoil. According to Miller Williams, ritual is the indispensable factor for us as human beings…

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    Balinese Culture Essay

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    Moksha, lives within three principles: God and the universe, karma codes, and ceremonies and ritual to be performed by those whom are dutiful…

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    civilization is one of the most well-known empires in today’s history. The Inca had a strong belief system that centered on the worship of gods and sacred mountains. They practiced human sacrifice as a part of their religion. The most important of the rituals was the Capacocha ceremony. This ceremony typically took place in mountain locations, often at very high altitudes. The ceremony involved several priests, attendants, and the sacrificial children who were usually between the ages of 4-16…

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    able to become priestesses but were only selected if they were virgins or have reached beyond menopause, similarly to the Vestal Virgins of the Roman religion. Unlike the Greek religion, the Roman religion was a state religion which included more rituals and ceremonies. Greek and Roman gods had similar roles and duties but different names. For example, in the Greek religion the God of love is named Eros while in the Roman religion he is referred to as Cupid, but they both represent the god of…

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    Wilfred Smith in his book The Meaning and End of Religion traces the development of the concept of religion and demonstrates that it is a word attributed to the Western world used to describe traditions as mutually exclusive systems of belief. This process is known as reification, “mentally making religion into a thing, gradually coming to conceive it as an objective systematic entity” (Smith, 51). This has proved damaging because to say that religion is reified is to claim that something…

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