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Barely Controlled Ritual

By Cris

“I would suggest that, among other things, ritual represents the creation of a controlled environment where the variables (i.e., the accidents) of ordinary life may be displaced precisely because they are felt to be so overwhelmingly present and powerful.

Barely Controlled Ritual

Ritual is a means of performing the way things ought to be in conscious tension to the way things are in such a way that ritualized perfection is recollected in the ordinary, uncontrolled course of things.”

– Jonathan Z. Smith, “The Bare Facts of Ritual”


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