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Encyclopedia > Ritual suicide

Ritual suicide is the act of suicide motivated by a religious, spiritual, or traditional ritual.


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Ritual at AllExperts (810 words)
A ritual is a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value, which is prescribed by a religion or by the traditions of a community.
Although ritual is often used in context with worship performed in a church, the actual relationship between any religion's doctrine and its ritual(s) can vary considerably from organized religion to non-institionalized spirituality, such as ayahuasca shamanism as practiced by the Urarina of the upper Amazon.
Rituals often have a close connection with reverence, thus a ritual in many cases expresses reverence for a deity or idealized state of humanity.
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