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1. ‘Ritual’ is a common word. In ordinary usage the term presents no problems. It is used for a category of individual or social behavior—such as religious or solemn ceremonies or, more generally, procedures regularly followed—that most people seem to recognize immediately. But the meaning of the term has been far from self-evident to its students. For ove…

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Boudewijnse, Barbara, “Ritual”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 01 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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