Friday, October 14, 2011
Doing a ritual online works by a simulation, or script, this takes the person through the process of doing the ritual. By doing the ritual though an online simulation it does not guarantee the same results as if doing the same ritual in the correct or sacred setting. The element of the supernatural being efficient in the ritual depends on how the person doing the ritual (or devotee), partakes in the ritual. The benefits of having the ritual online is; choice of location, choice of time. In the Muslim religion it is required every year if possible for the devotee to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. Once there they go through a week long ritual called a Hajj, this is devoted to prayer to Allah and the journey of an Islamic prophet Muhammad. In the Hindu religion, the multiple types of puja’s (or prayer service) have different prayers, gods, and orders and they are different for every reason for the devotee is having a puja. By going through this ritual online the limitations include the all the senses; the smell of the incense, the motion of bowing, the gaze into the god’s eyes, and the chanting of the prayers. In the Hindu religion the puja fulfills the needs for the devotee’s for everything, the blessing of a home, the blessing of a child or marriage, if someone is ill, if someone has lost a job, and if there is war, everything that happens in the life of a devotee has a puja to go along with it.
In the Christian Religion there’s not a specific prayer for every little thing that happens in a person’s life, but a ritual the Christians do have is the Lords Supper or the partaking of the Lords Bread. The Lords Supper to a Christian is the taking of the body and blood of Christ, mimicking the Lords Last Supper with his apostles before he went to the cross. Although this is different in the individual denominations, and churches the concept is the same. If someone tried to partake in this ritual online it may be hard to do without the blood of Christ (wine or grape juice) or the body of Christ (unleavened bread) being right in front of your to eat and drink.