riteless

riteless

(ˈraɪtləs)
adj
lacking rite or ceremony
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In his major volume on religion, one of Stanner's most critical re-appraisals of the Durkheimian and Radcliffe-Brownian dogma is his analysis and insistence that among Aboriginal societies, the critical feature is that most rites are mythless and most myths are riteless. Once this uncoupling of ritual and myth occured, both theoretically and empirically, it permitted Stanner to deal with subjects such as axiology, ontology, the importance of the metaphysical in ethical and aesthetic questions, the role of inversion in myth, the various expressions of mystery and the mystical in myth and philosophy, and how the idea of ground is emblemized in the metaphysical.
Coming of age in Seville: The structuring of a riteless passage to manhood.