Hello. Heres an interesting theory i found regarding religious rituals
Its called 'Costly signalling theory', and it states that a member engages in religious rituals to signal a costly commitment to that religion, in order to receive the benefits of group membership.
It seems like it is partly an evolutionary theory as well
All the best
Interesting chapter concept! I know you are still in the early stages but I suggest adding some images. I also think it would be interesting if you mentioned some ancient rituals. The Magna Graeca/Tarantella for example, which was a dance used in Greco-Roman times to ask Dionysus to rid unrequited love from their lives and make them happier. I also think you could rephrase the sentence "For the purpose of this book chapter, the concept of a ‘ritual’ shall be characterised via the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus (2016) definition to states ‘a series of activities involving gestures, words and objects performed in accordance to a specific sequence within an isolated or purposeful environment’" as it is very long. I think you should split it into two sentences. Maybe you could put the definitions of formalism and traditionalism in a table to make it more interesting to look at? Good luck!
Interesting concept for your chapter. You covered the topic well and incorporated a few different perspectives into the discussion of ritualistic practices. Through the process of completing your chapter I would suggest adding some interactive components to engage the reader and include some images/tables etc just to break up the text. Best of luck with completing your chapter --U3090066 (discuss • contribs) 03:37, 22 October 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
There is a lack of direct consideration of emotion - and ritual and emotion.
I didn't understand the extent of focus on marriage, religion and specifically Catholic and Islamic religious ritual - this wasn't part of the topic question. It could work to include examples of specific Catholic or Islamic marriage rituals as examples, but focusing on such contexts was not intrinsic to addressing the psychological topic.
Much of the material is quite abstract; consider including more examples or case studies to help make the concepts easier to understand.
Too long; new content is introduced that should be in the main body.
Could be improved by providing some more concrete, take-home messages.
Use the Overview to set up the problem to be solved (the question i.e., the subtitle for the book chapter).
An example could help to set the scene and engage the viewer.
Tell the listener what they will find out about if they watch this presentation.
Selection and organisation
Too much content is presented - be more selective - e.g., work backwards from 3 take-home messages to work out what content needs to be presented - and then focus on only that which is essential to conveying these messages.