Posts Tagged ‘Ritual’

Actress says the Church was her first theatre

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Actress Theresa Healey told Stuff that lots of Catholics become actors: “I think it’s because we’re introduced to the concept of spirituality from an early age. Mass is a performance, it’s all rituals, mystery and symbolism. The transubstantiation, wine becomes blood, bread the body. The church was my first theatre, then the theatre became my Read more

Frog wedding held to make it rain

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

In a strange but not uncommon custom, two frogs were married to each other in a traditional Hindu ceremony in Karnataka’s Udupi on June 8. The frogs, who were given the names of Varuna and Varsha before the ceremony, were married according following the tradition of “mandooka parinaya” (“marriage of frogs”). The ceremony was conducted Read more

Priests in early Pacific cultures gained by human sacrifice

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Priests and chiefs in early Pacific cultures, including New Zealand, used ritual human sacrifices to reinforce their power, a study has found. Research involving two New Zealand universities has discovered such acts were used by social elites to maintain their power, the website reported. The study came from researchers from the University of Auckland, Victoria University Read more