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Betty Sue Flowers


Introduction: What is Ritual? Its Definition and Characteristics
Chapter 1. Symbolism in Ritual
Chapter 2. The Cognitive Matrix of Ritual: Belief Systems, Myths, and Paradigms
Chapter 3. Belief Systems, Myths, Paradigms, Rituals, and the Process of Truing
Chapter 4. Ritual Drivers: Generating and Controlling Stages of Consciousness
Chapter 5. Ritual Techniques and Technologies
Chapter 6. Ritual Framing, Order, and Formality: How Ritual Generates a Sense of Inevitability and Inviolability
Chapter 7. Ritual as Performance: Generating Emotion, Belief, and Transformation
Chapter 8. Ritual and the 4 Stages of Cognition
Chapter 9. Ritual's Paradoxical Roles: Preserving the Status Quo and Effecting Social Change
Chapter 10. Designing Rituals

Conclusion: Ritual: What It Is, How It Works, and Why

Appendix 1. How to Create and Perform an Effective Stage 4 Ritual: Things to Remember and Include
Appendix 2. List of Documentary Films about Ritual



What It Is, How It Works, and Why

Robbie Davis-Floyd and Charles D. Laughlin

Foreword by Betty Sue Flowers

322 pages, 19 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-528-6 Hb Published (September 2022)

eISBN 978-1-80073-529-3 eBook