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Ludic role of religious rituals
Ludic role of religious rituals

The use of play for religious ceremony

Author(s): Tudor Cosmin Ciocan
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Sociology, Theology and Religion, Comparative Studies of Religion, Religion and science , Sociology of the arts, business, education, Pastoral Theology, Eastern Orthodoxy
Published by: EDIS- Publishing Institution of the University of Zilina
Keywords: play;games;function;education;healing;role-play;ceremony;therapy;misconceptions;childhood;

Summary/Abstract: This paper was made as part of a wider research I made about rituals and their meaning and roles they are playing in the religious system of thinking. The way they are thought, displayed, precisely followed as instructed and believed, makes them a powerful social act that has been always provided by any religion, and also a tool for religion to make the human society what it is today. After I speak about what is a ritual and its religious content in general, I am enumerating roles and functions of play and theatre in particular have, both for profane and religious purpose. Do we still use play/games as adults because they are rewarding, they give us pleasure? They are used as means of relaxation, or for continuing the age of childhood; or it is in our nature to play games in everything we do? In this paper I have emphasized play as adaptive potentiation or adaptive variability useful both in therapy, as in religious ceremony. The relation and comparison of rituals with play is due to the fact that playing is the most engaging behavior performed by man and animals, and it can be found as foundation of almost any ritualist activity.

  • Issue Year: 2/2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 120 - 128
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English