"All ritual takes ordinary things and makes them extraordinary. The means it uses are everywhere the same. Whether it's an African initiation ceremony in Botswana or a Jewish storytelling session in Los Angeles, ritual sets the ordinary apart by its use of language, gesture, costume, posture--sensuous things. And those sensuous things are very persuasive and invite us to suspend disbelief, exactly as we do in a theater; ritual induces the same willing suspension of disbelief. The 'as if' fades away, and we enter into the story, and it becomes, then, something that has its own reality; an imaginary life, an imagined reality, comes to life and its our own."
1. Barbara Myerhoff, "The Ritual Telling of the Great Story that Shapes Individual Lives," transcript of lecture, ts, box 55, folder 5, Barbara Myerhoff Papers, U of Southern California, 6.