I'm Nick Herriman, author of Entangled State, www.yale.edu/seas/EntangledState.htm. In the "25 Concepts in Anthropology" series, I present what I think are the 25 most important concepts in socio-cultural anthropology. This episode concerns the concept of ritual. Rituals are: 1. Actions—it is not sufficient to just think 2. These actions follow a set, stereotyped procedure 3. The actions are symbolic/ meaningful (they are not practical/technical actions) (I forgot to mention at the end that the I treated ritual and non-ritual action as separate for the purposes of teaching. In practice, we think of ritual and non-ritual action as a continuum).
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