- Identify the types of and purposes of rituals in various contexts of society, such as religion or politics
- The term ritual usually refers to actions which are stylized, while excluding actions which are arbitrarily chosen by the performers.
- In religion, a ritual can comprise the prescribed outward forms observation within a religion or religious denomination.
- The purposes of rituals are varied and may include fulfillment of religious obligations or ideals, satisfaction of spiritual or emotional needs of the practitioners, strengthening of social bonds, social and moral education, etc.
- The social function of rituals has often been exploited for political ends. Alongside the personal dimensions of worship and reverence, rituals can have a more basic social functions in expressing, fixing, and reinforcing the shared values and beliefs of a society.
- Many animal species use ritualized actions to court or to greet each other or to fight.
- ritual: Rite; a repeated set of actions
- social function: Rituals may serve a social function in that they express, fix, and reinforce the shared values and beliefs of a society.
Social Uses of Ritual
Devotees tie red crimson threads on making a wish fulfilled.: The temple dedicated to Mata Chintpurni Devi is located in District Una of Himachal Pradesh.