Think about the upcoming holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa…). Think specifically about a particular ritual that you or others cherish. Describe this ritual in detail and analyze its nature and function in Dukheimian terms, drawing on the readings from The Elementary Forms of Religious Life. Pay special attention to collective practices, symbols, and beliefs, and the various ways in which people and institutions make these events special.

Explain why the ritual you have picked is important to yourself or other participants, and to the life of the collectivity at large. Make sure to also situate your own position toward Durkheim’s analysis, what you feel is missing from it (if such is the case), what might enrich it further and/or what might disconfirm it

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