Rite of Passage. Rite of Passage Ceremonies that mark a person’s progress from one phase to another They correspond with important events in human life Birth, puberty, mating, old age, death. Rite of Passage. 3 Stage Process 1. Segregation 2. Transition 3. Reintegration.
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Human Beings, Rituals and Religion
Inspires awe, respect, reverence
Spirits communicate with one person of the group (shaman).
Magic: Attempt to understand, experience and influence the world using rituals, symbols, and language
Describe both rituals performed by the Chinese shaman.
Is the reporter biased towards shamanism?
Belief in one God
Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Belief in a number of gods
Usually powerful gods over lesser gods
Lesser gods have different spheres of influence
The master said, "A young man's duty is to behave well to his parents at home and to his elders abroad, to be cautious in giving promises and punctual in keeping them, to have kindly feelings towards everyone, but seek the intimacy of the Good.“
The master said, "Govern the people by regulations, keep order among them by chastisements, and they will flee from you, and lose all self-respect. Govern them by moral force, keep order among them by ritual, and they will keep their self-respect and come to you of their own accord."
1. How did Confucius feel people should behave toward others?
2. What might Confucius think about criminal laws and prisons in the modern world?
3. On a personal level, do you respond better to strict rules regarding behavior, or to good examples of proper behavior?