A series of actions or type of behaviour regularly and invariably followed by someone.


Being part of a community involves accepting its values, its goals and its rules. Building convincing narratives is thus essential to the establishment of traditions that strengthen a group's ethos. Collective rituals help shape communal identities and inspire new ventures framed by the same principles. Through the ritualization of activities, symbols and events, communities create theatrical-like occasions to charge their actions with special meanings and reaffirm their internal ties - as "not only is seeing believing, doing is believing". [1]


[1] Words by Barbara Myerhoff, in Catherine Bell, Ritual: Perspectives and Dimensions, Oxford University Press, New York, 1999, p.160


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