Some Ideas about the Persistence of Rituals


  • M.B. ter Borg University of Leiden, Netherlands



rituals, secularisation


In this essay, one particular function of rituals is explored: that of ritual as markers. It is the social importance function as marker that often lends rituals a religious nature, and consequently the religious aspects do not disappear entirely in the course of the process of secularisation, but remain in existence, explicitly at times, and at times also implicitly.

Author Biography

M.B. ter Borg, University of Leiden, Netherlands

University of Leiden, Netherlands P.O. Box 9515 2300 RA Leiden, Netherlands


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How to Cite

Borg, M. ter. (2008). Some Ideas about the Persistence of Rituals. Implicit Religion, 11(1), 39–50.