catch up

i have really gotten behind on the blogging but have really enjoyed this part of the course. its been cool seeing what others are thinking and getting ideas off them. i have been reading the blogs just havnt had time to write my own. ive found the funerals and weddings real interesting. especially their role in the public eye. its true that they are making a clear statement about who you are and what you value. ones in the public arena perhaps have more rules as more people are affected by them or have a vested interest. but it is still imperative to not affend those coming to you wedding. they are extremely critiqued and rememberd for ages. even though i totally messed up the final exam i did learn a lot from the comparisons between the two weddings and what made them different. the diana wedding was a great state affair compared to the private one of charles and camilla. i remember all the controversy and sorting out that had to be done prior to that to make sure it was in accordance with the law and royal law. ive been seeing in the news about a plane crash and how they have recovered 28 of the bodies. its interesiting how much of a key role the actual body plays in the funeral proceedings. even though in todays customs, many bodies are cremated, it still is very important for them to be recovererd and returned to the family. possibly to say final farewells.

mimicking rituals

I found todays lecture really interesting. i wish it was a 2 hour lecture because i feel there could have been more content which was skimmed over. the hauka cult is what we read about in week 4 (Horrific Comedy: cultural resistance in the Hauka Movement in Niger, By Paul Stoller). i felt that they mocked the colonial powers as a form of resistance. its like the example in given in anth 201 about a man in the army who continued to wear his favourite shirt under his uniform to keep a part of his identity because everything else was stripped away from him. the hauka may be the same. its a personal resistance so that mentally they can feel strengthened that the colonial powers can control most things but this they can still call their own.

the struggle between resisting colonialism and wanting to be part of it was also intriguing. the africans did not want to be thought of as savages and unable to cope with the colonial way of life but in the same way they did not want to lose their traditional customs. i think both go hand in hand and neither is lost by the other.

report issues

its been really hard getting started. i got distracted by the observation of anzac and began to think of that as the focus bt really it is just an example of a political ritual. as i begin to narrow my focus down to the religious aspect of political rituals im begining to see all the other cool things that i couldve done. how it creates identity or have been the focus of controversy and protests (even today with the vuwsa anzac issue). but it think il stick to religion (as i already have a few sources on it) but im freaking out if il get it done.

report update.

at the moment im thinking hard about what to focus my attention on. im finding it difficult to chose. there are a lot of good ideas floating around. im thinking i may talk about the role of religion in the service. i went to the 10.20 one (good job to those who made it to the dawn service). i noticed in that service, there was a lot of community involvement. schools layed wreaths and so did many groups in society. and so perhaps i will talk about that. it was interesting in the lecture today how Brigitte mentioned that this ritual includes as well as excludes people and members of society. perhaps this will be interesting to talk about. and perhaps bringing into that something about the maori battalion.  in the same service, there were a lot of families and schools played an important role. i see many people are talking about the youth aspects of anzac day. this is a good idea and i think there will be lots to draw on. its due on the 11th right?

may day and anzac day

from the readings and what i have read on anzac day ive noticed how the rituals have started as being owned and directed by the people and the public (eg the rsa for anzac day) but are then taken over by the government. with the may day reading from poland. it was very much a workers day and a day of protest and political rallying. then the governments took it over and began to strictly control it. the RSA had their thoughts for anzac day and how they wanted it run. they were quite strict on the fact that it would always be on the 25th and that it would not be a religious event. its interesting to see how the event has changed over the time. the zeitgeist alters the way these rituals are performed.

anzac assignment ideas

since i am working on anzac day, im gona have to go to the dawn service. i will also have to figure out if im working the whole day. this also has an impact on the day. i think my focus could be peoples attitudes on the day and even seeing how many people wear a red poppy. it will b difficult to be at work while also thinking about anzac day and the way it affects people. so, i may focus on how many people wear poppies, what type of people go shopping on the day, and how people respect the holidays. im also finding it difficult finding articles for political rituals and even anzac day. the websites were very helpful though.

soviet rituals

i found this reading very interesting. it was interesting how the rituals that the youth participanted in were focused around the military and were structured like the military. they try to enforce patriotism and drill into the youth at a young age the ethos of a communist state. it was interesting how everyone participated. no one was discriminated. the systems of social control were alter to seem like they were rewards (passports) or benefitting the state. the political rituals are about being a part of a society and conforming with its ideals. i noticed how forceful they were. there was also a lot of symbolism and interesting how most of the rituals were performed at leninist museums or monuments. this is to provide context and drill into the participants the importance of what they are becoming apart of. it is like a rite of passage in the soviet states. i found it intriguing how popular the youth organisations were but then how hated being conscripted to the military was. higher education is being pushed a lot more and more and more people are choosing this as a viable option.

this weeks readings

i found this weeks readings very interesting. i especially liked the christmas in the third reich one. this rebranding has happened throughout history. when queen elizabeth was changing england from being catholic to protestant, they adopted many of the pagean festivals and half of the catholic traditions so that the people would perhaps not notice, rebel or …………. Its the way to get the people on your side. Just like in class, they used the seasons or traditional holidays and  celebrations for propaganda. with everyone syncronized, its easier for the political message to get across. in england, it was during sermons, in germany, it was in the pamplets and directional books. i found it also interesting how they put a positive spin on the war. and even began to celebrate the dead and their heroicism. they slowly changed the celebration from celebrating jesus’ birth to those who died in war. they also used lots of symbolism (like the tree) and emotions (like remembering the dead, children with candles) which carries a celebration. my last point (promise) is how everything was so drilled in and precise that people did not have the space to think. there was so much propaganda and strongly projected views about the war and the new holiday that it must have been hard to resist. especially with all the faith in the government, it must have been hard to keep to your own traditions. its amazing how influential the nazi government was.

Rugby World Cup….Ritual?

Ive been thinking recently about the rugby world cup (and the sam can be said for any major sports event), many people consider these rituals and important events in peoples lives. It may be a rite of passage for a father to take a son to his first rugby match. But events like the rugby world cup can be confused for being sacred as opposed to secular. They are held in such high regard. players can be considered gods and the ball or field as being sacred. its an honour to participate in it and prayers and blessings are certainly given. However rugby games are not a religious event. It is a ritual however because it meets all the requirements such a being regular, having an audience, a script, symbolism etc..
its just interesting

Ethiopian Coffee Ritual

Just thinking about rituals and how they create and maintain social rituals, there is one in Ethiopia for drinking coffe. Ethiopians believe that coffee was founded in Ethiopia. As the tale goes, a man was taking care of his goats and they ate from some bush and stayed up all night. the man then investigated and discovered coffee which was made into a thick drink and now refined into coffee. Ethiopians love thei coffee in small glasses, strong and black.

After finishing a meal at an Ethiopians house, the maid, mother, or teenage girl will begin the coffee ceremony infront of everyone whilst they continue talking. fresh grass is placed down on the ground for freshness and bring in the fragrance on nature. The coffee beans are washed, and shaken so any rubbish is gotten rid of. then they are roasted over a small fire in a shallow metal dish. This sends smoke around the room of strong coffee scent which is to be appreciated. The beans are then ground down, poured into a black clay cofffee pot and brewed. The coffee is then served into small expresso type mugs in one pour. it is respectful to drink this even though it may be late at night. the general rule is to have 3 cups.

Its an interesting ritual performed by females, perhaps because it is done in a domestic setting. But it has also been used as a tourist attraction in restaurants and hotels, sometimes in the lobby or gift shop area they have scheduled times for the coffee ceremony. this is another example, like the palio, where a traditional ritual has importance to a group of people but on another level can be appreciated or used by tourists.

Its a sign of respect and friendship

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