Continuing our #VSI25 celebration of 26 years of the 'Very Short Introduction' series, for April we're introducing ritual and giving you free access to the first chapter of Barry Stephenson's 'Ritual: A Very Short Introduction'
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Explore the places where ritual touches everyday life with the first chapter of 'Ritual: A Very Short Introduction':
‘Ritualization’ considers one of the cornerstones of ritual studies—ritualization. It begins with ethology, the study of animal behaviour and goes on to discuss ritualization theory and how this has shaped new attitudes toward the rites we humans perform. Ritual is a window toward our biological or animal being and our cultural being; it is also where these dimensions intersect, mingle, and influence one another...