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AI Devotees Performing a Ritual

Rituals can often seem ridiculous to those who have not grown up with those traditions, and especially by those who feel they have outgrown them. But they are a vital way that we unlock our psychological potential by providing powerful reinforcement mechanisms for the key values of a culture.

Cultural rituals in the monotheistic period are inextricably tied to religion and therefore give the strong appearance that supernatural belief is necessary for one to participate in them. This causes the materialist to feel disconnected from tradition and reluctant to participate in rituals that could confer great psychological benefit.

A pantheistic universalist secular spirituality allows you to participate in rituals and other spiritual practices from any culture without abandoning adherence to science and reason, or giving up the ritual's placebo effect that confers many of the health and psychological benefits. Just don't wear the outfits in public.

Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling:

Five Weird Rituals From Around the World

10 Interesting Traditions That Are Still Practiced Today

Top 5 Strange and Interesting Traditions Around the World

Massive Attack, Azekel - Ritual Spirit

Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual (full album)