Ritual and Belief. What is Belief ?. powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods and motivations in people conceptions of a general order of existence auras of factuality moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic. Clifford Geertz on Religion.
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a religion is: "(1) a system of symbols which acts to (2) establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods and motivations in people by (3) formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and (4) clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that (5) the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic." (Geertz:90)
belief & practice - "a group's ethos is rendered intellectually reasonable by being shown to represent a way of life ... rendered emotionally convincing by being presented as an image of the actual state of affairs...”