Art and Ritual Life


Read this chapter. How do practices of ritual and ceremony differ from what we call "religion" in discussions on art?


Art and architecture have ever been used to express our deepest human interests, including the universal concerns with the meaning of human life itself and whether or not our spirit will continue in an afterlife. Thought and belief about these concerns have led individuals to create art about them; they also have led people to ally with like-minded individuals, forming philosophical and religious groups and institutions that have frequently further formalized their thought and belief concepts and contemplations and used art and architecture to give concrete form and image to these ethereal notions.

Source: Peggy Blood and Pamela J. Sachant, Art and Ritual Life
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