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She defines rituals as a reutilized act diverted from its normal function; however is a despised form of communication. Symbolic acts convey information however rituals do not. The one performing the ritual, a ritualist performs gestures externally which imply values, but the ritualist is withdrawn and none committed...
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Douglas states that there is a need for continuous communication, such as anthropologist needing to communicate with sociologist and zoologist, this is a form of ritual use in a neutral sense. This is a continuous habit, using rituals for mean action and several beliefs in symbolic order. Douglass also states that rituals can and are a positive sense in religious communities...
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