Prescribed formal behavior for occasions not given over to technological routine, having reference to beliefs in mystical beings or powers.
Turner, V. The forest of symbols: Aspects of Ndembu ritual. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. 1967:19
A perfunctory, conventionalized act through which an individual portrays his respect and regard for some object of ultimate value or to its stand-in.
Goffman, Erving. Relations in public. New York: Basic Books. 1971:62
- See Rite of Passage