Ritual Analysis : A Wedding

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Ritual Analysis Many people in civilized cultures associate rituals with only religious or witchcraft settings. Although they are a big part of those two lifestyles, rituals take place in non-religious and non-spiritual manners as well. A specific, more complex definition was provided by John Skorupski where he describes rituals as “interaction ceremonies in which humans as agents interact with other agents by communicating in interaction code” (Eller 2015: 103). In a more general sense, a ritual is a distinct way of creating or effecting social relationships through formalization, social prescription, and symbolic behavior. With that said, birthdays, funerals, Christmas or thanksgiving ceremonies, as well as weddings could all be…show more content…
This provided a clip of a friend very hurt about not being given the bridesmaid privilege. In addition, after the video, live footage of the bridesmaids having a slight argument about where they are supposed to be and expressing fear of messing up their part in walking down the aisle is shown. To follow are additional celebrity interviews which included rapper 2 Chains and his wife giving advice to the newlyweds, where they stated, “God is love and as long as they have that in their life, everything will fall together. Trust is the common denominator and that creates longevity in a relationship” (BET 2017). The setting in which the ceremony will take place is modeled after a fashion show runway—an all-white tent with a large clear tiled floor filled with diamonds, positioned in the center of the room with family and friends facing it, while sitting in chairs below the level of the aisle. As most weddings begin, the groom walks down the aisle first, followed by his best-man, then bridesmaids and groomsmen walk down with arms intertwined, followed by the wedding planner—Kathy Romero—and lastly, the bride. Keyshia takes her time as she walks down to the song “If Only You Knew” by Patti LaBell. Upon reaching the alter, the minister (or priest—it is not specified which) recites the scriptures that he feels represent the occasion, Ecclesiates 4: 9-12 and Proverbs 18:22. Proceeding the reading of the
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