Running header: REGIOUS BEHAVIORS
Humanbeings around the world observe a particular type of religion. Theconclusion of any universal meaning of religion has beenAnthropologists’ born of contention for decades due to the broadspectrum of culture exhibited across the globe. Religion revolvesaround beliefs and symbols founded on a particular perception of howthe world ought to be. It is revealed through insights into naturaland supernatural power by different communities. Certain symbols arealso consistent with the major religious groups in the world. In eachcase, the objects, natural features, buildings, and living thingsbestow distinct meaning to the groups that observe them. TheChristians have the cross, the holy city of Mecca for Muslims, andthe Torah scroll for the Jews. This paper purposes to define routineand ritual, fetishes and taboo outline a personal magical behaviorand categorize it accordingly.
Routine/ ritual, fetishes and taboo
Routine is a particular course of action that a group or an individual follow regularly, which are believed to have a hand in a good outcome. Routines are comforting and help the baseball players concentrate. More often than not, these practices turn to be rituals. Rituals are prescribed irrational behaviors with no empiric relationship between the means and the desired end (Gmelch, G., 1978). The baseball players who are accustomed to uncertainty in hitting and pitching adhere to similar routines and rituals in their playing season just to better their winning chances. Fetishes are material objects which are believed personify the supernatural power capable of protecting or aiding the owner. The charms are also known for good luck by the ballplayers. The objects become fetishized when after possessing them, the players start to perform better. Gmelch, G., (1978) defines taboos as activities or behaviors that lead to poor outcomes or bad luck. They are prohibitions that one ought not to do. The ballplayers believe that breaking a taboo equals bad luck. An example in the article is a player who never read anything before a game as it would weaken his batting eye (Gmelch, G., 1978).
Taking a mathematic exam was the most difficult task in my early years in high school. I would fumble and fidget from my preparation in the house to almost the entire time of the paper. Apparently, I failed. One day, I reached the exam room late to everybody’s surprise. I just went straight to my seat and started answering the questions. This time, everything worked so well. After the paper, I realized my pullover was inside-out. My best friend and I only laughed at the stupidity and called it time. When the results came out, I was among the best in my grade. Later in my room, I thought about my past reasons for failure and compared it with this latest excellence. I concluded that the inside-out pullover was the reason for my success. I never missed the trick my entire time in high school whenever mathematics was the paper.
My magical behavior falls under the category of a routine and ritual. The success in a mathematics paper requires a mastery of skills and formulae for accuracy. Speed is needed in thought and executions. Putting on a pullover inside-out is a behavior that has no relation to working out the problems. However, it worked in bringing the composure that was the main reason for the failure. It is routine as it was repeated every other day I went for a mathematics paper and a ritual since the action is irrational to my desire for excellence.
Gmelch, G. (1978). Baseball magic. Human Nature, 1(8),3240.