Functional significance of emotions in the ancient rite

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


Vesntik TSU. Philosophy. 2014

Functional significance of emotions in the ancient rite

About the author:

Tatyana I. Borko,
Dr. Philos. Sci., Professor, Department of Foreign Literature, Institute for the Humanities, Tyumen State University


The author analyzes the role of emotions in establishing and retaining
social norms of the society. Ritual behavior has biological roots and is accompanied
by intense emotions. Emotions revealed at regular ceremonies fix certain behavior
and conventional meanings that are important for the formation of cultural values in
a given society. Emotions also play a significant role in a man’s cognitive and
practical activities, they contribute to the absorption of personal experience by defining
a positive or negative nature of cognition when a man is trying to know the world. As
a ritual gives examples of actions and examples of psychological response to certain
events, it serves to transform the individual experience into the social one. Regulating
and standardizing types of behavior, ritual norms create conditions for the control
of excessive emotional states.


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