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Rite
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1. Religious History

The term “rite” (Lat. ritus, orig. “what is correctly reckoned,” then “what is appropriate; usage, custom”) came into use in Roman religion for an ordered and solemn ceremony. The adjective ritualis thus means “that which relates to religious usage.”

1.1. Theology tends to use “rites,” and religious studies and social anthropology prefer “ritual,” for religious ceremonies or for sequences of such ceremonies. Ethnology recognizes that whole groups of human actions and animal…

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Colpe, Carsten and Bieritz, Karl-Heinrich, “Rite”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 18 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.74>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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