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Myth-ritual theory






According to the myth-ritual theory, the existence of myth is tied to ritual.In its most extreme form, this theory claims myths arose to explain rituals. This claim was first put forward by the biblical scholar William Robertson Smith.According to Smith, people begin performing rituals for a reason that is not related to myth. Forgetting the original reason for a ritual, they try to account for it by inventing a myth and claiming the ritual commemorates the events described in that myth.


James Frazer, an anthropologist, has a similar theory. He believes primitive humans start out with a belief in magical laws.
Later...
when they begin to lose faith in magic, they invent myths about gods, claiming that their formerly considered magical rituals are actually religious rituals intended to appease the gods.

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released December 25, 2016

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