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Christian Symbol and RitualAn Introduction$
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Bernard Cooke and Gary Macy

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154115

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195154118.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Symbolism, Root of Ritual

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction
Source:
Christian Symbol and Ritual
Author(s):

Bernard Cooke

Gary Macy (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195154118.003.0001

Rituals perform many important functions. They facilitate everyday human interaction as well as symbolize and celebrate the most important values of individuals, communities, and nations. Symbols and rituals, including the use of language itself, actually construct the human world, and it is only through symbols that we perceive both the world and ourselves. The symbols and rituals of the society in which we are a part shape even our experience of reality.

Keywords:   reality, experience, community, perception

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