By Robert N. McCauley
This research explores the mental foundations of non secular ritual platforms. In perform, contributors bear in mind rituals to make sure a feeling of continuity throughout performances, and people rituals encourage them to transmit and re-perform them. so much non secular rituals make the most both excessive functionality frequency or outstanding emotional stimulation to augment their recollection. Robert N. McCauley and E. Thomas Lawson assert that contributors' cognitive representations of formality shape clarify a lot in regards to the platforms. Reviewing quite a lot of proof, they clarify religions' evolution.
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The normative force in question amounts to the assumption that we need discover no further causes, we need give no additional reasons. It should, of course, come as no surprise that, ﬁnally, it is what the gods do that matters in religious ritual. Our theory provides descriptions for religious ritual actions, which are, in one respect, exhaustive. For the participants there is no more signiﬁcant cause to locate, no more crucial reason to propose. The actions of the gods guarantee the comprehensiveness of description, because their actions are causally, rationally, and motivationally sufﬁcient for the ritual actions they inspire.
The integration of children into a community precedes their rising to adult status, which, in turn, precedes their marriages. In each case the associated rituals presuppose the successful completion of their predecessors. An example is the sequence of initiation rites among the Zulu. ” (See Lawson and McCauley, 1990, pp. ) Technically, we can talk about the representation of such a connected set of rituals as “embedded” within the current ritual’s structural description. Embedding is a formal notion for representing in their structural descriptions the external relations among rituals that we have described in terms of enabling actions.
5 Special agent rituals connect the initial entry for a CPS-agent with the entity fulﬁlling the role of the agent in the current ritual. , the initial CPS-agent in the current ritual, to the current ritual’s agent. These include such rituals as circumcisions, weddings, and funerals. , through the patient or through the act itself (by way of a special instrument). These will connect a CPS-agent most directly with the items appearing in the second or third slots in the current ritual’s structural description.
Bringing Ritual to Mind: Psychological Foundations of Cultural Forms by Robert N. McCauley