- A series of actions that are always performed in the same way, especially as part of a religious ceremony
- Something that is done regularly and always in the same way
Any ritual whatever, as we shall see later, unfolds not only in a consecrated space but also in a “sacred time,” “once upon a time” that is, when the ritual was performed for the first time by a god, an ancestor, or a hero.
From Eliade, “‘The Phenomenology of Religion,’ from The Myth of the Eternal Return” in God. Ed. Robinson. 2nd ed. Hackett, 2003.