- Jan 12, 2005To add to what you say here Mychael, I think ritual can also serve
as a mnemonic, or to enhance a particular mood (whether it be the
sense of superiority in the entrance and black robes of a judge at a
trial, or the act of wearing the little black dress to enhance that
feeling of sexy confidence.. it has a ritual function.) OUr whole
lives are filled with rituals we don't even think about, but they do
However, as Mychael points out the function of ritual in the
initiatory process is a bit more specific and integral. In fact some
rituals go so far as to be intended to actually induce the
change/experience/understanding, not just to enhance a mood or help
us remember. Gnosticism is an initiatory system, by definition.
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> In a message dated 1/12/2005 12:12:43 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> In other words, the functions of the rituals is to gain that
> allegorical meaning and spiritual process of the message rather
> washing away sins to make amends to some angry Demiurge lest he
> smite us.
> yes, the function of ritual is supposedly to aid in awakening and
> transitional aspect, marking the transition from one state to
> awareness. When we dont get the message it implies ritually, we
are merely faking it
> for whatever reasons...to be included, to not be left out, to let
> think we are what we are not..it comes back to haunt eventually.
> it is a cleansing,but not of sins etc, of old thought, or is
supposed to be.
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