While reading the chapter on Turners theory we are given a brief overview of what his “forest of symbols” entails. Some of these aspects include the three dimensions of a ritual.  This includes exegetic (insider reflect their rituals to the outsiders), operational (someone outside the society looking in), and positional (people outside the society connecting symbols to their ritual).  Turner goes on to explain certain things like the contingent rituals. This particular ritual is held in response to an individual.  It involves the passage from one phase to another in a person’s life (also known as a rite of passage). This could include a human’s birth and death which is one of the main fundamental parts about being human. I also think Turner’s idea of a ‘ritual of reversal’ is quite interesting. This is when we partake in something that does not change our status or the nature of society.  This can include things like Halloween. With all this in mind, I had no idea that the simplest and smallest thing could be considered a ritual.  However, even with all this information that the chapter provides it does not explain the symbols that go along with the theory. I would personally like to get a deeper description of the different symbols that the theory represents. I think that the chapter is a great start, but I’m really intrigued and would like to know more.

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