Symbolic Objects are used a lot in rituals. These objects are often very important to the ritual or is the center of the ritual. One example of the use of a symbolic object is a butter lamp. A butter lamp is an object used in a Tibetan Buddhist culture. The object is used to help focusing minds during meditation. The lamps used to burn Yak butter but now it is replaced by vegetable oil. The butter lamp is also used in funeral or when visiting temples, the Tibetan Buddhists light up a few butter lamp. Butter Lamp symbolizes the wisdom of the awakened mind, eliminating the darkness of delusion and mental problems.
In drama classes, we’ve been learning all about rituals. One of the important things that we learned about rituals are movements and choral speaking. Ritual movements have qualities. These qualities are levels, speed, weight, and directions. Movements have 3 levels, low, medium, and high. And we also learned 6 directions, forward, backwards, left, right, rise, and fall.
In rituals we also learned things like mirroring, shadowing, and cannoning. Mirroring means copying the movements of the person in front of us (face to face) while shadowing is copying the movements of the person in front of you from behind like a shadow. Last but not least is cannoning. Cannoning is following the movements of the person around you and not copying. This is more like a mexican wave.
Rituals also have choral speaking. Choral speaking is often said in unison and has orchestration. Orchestration is divisions of the chorus that the group is saying to make the ritual more interesting. These chorus is pronounced in a certain tempo, dynamics, and rhythm. Drama class this far had been very interesting and I’m looking forward in learning some more.