I want to break the ritual aspects from the circumcision thread and create a thread here, describing ritual, the importance of, effects, implications, and 'power' (must always watch out about power though..) of rituals. I also want to look at 'ritual' behaviour in other animals and look at how this might compare, diverge, or shed light onto the subject.
In light of it's importance and power of bringing people together, and perhaps also causing alienation and/or exile of nonparticipating,
I bring in the concern of its 'power', which I am sure is known among the rulers of the 'world', and used I would think, as well.
I'll start with what conversation in the previous thread
I think Judaism's got a lot going for it with how much wild, tribal custom they've preserved. They're going to have a head start over most of us when it gets down to it, I think.
While when I think of Jewish customs, I usually think of it as I said as 'orthodox dogmaticism' but hell what does that mean anyhow?
But to me it's this orthodox dogmaticism I am looking to get away from. I don't want to be bent over by enumerous rules [and the subject of power struggles] imposed by men/civilization/culture/[religions], for daily living. But as I said before I can see and understand the power of a group ritual, and how it can bring people together, in that I see nothing wrong.
Tribal peoples describe their societies as, first and foremost, "traditional." They're pretty keen on the dogmatism. The real difference is, are these traditions that work for people, or not?
I think that is quite a valid question.
Toward your first post on Jewish customs..
I don't want to let stereotypes, misconceptions or anything else scourge my view. So perhaps you could explain further, I feel you made some bold statement in there.