On Meaning and Ritual. . .

From “Writing About Rituals and Rituals That Help Us Write” by Jessica Mesman Griffith (Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Issue 65):

“. . . the first step is to dutifully record. Ask yourself the following questions when writing about ritual:

What is in front of you?
Behind you?
Look all around you and notice the specifics of the space you are in.
Why are you there?
Who else is there?
Who is leaving?
Who is paying attention and who is not?
Who is crying?
Is this a familiar or unfamiliar place or event?
Do you feel welcome or unwelcome?
Do you feel like you belong?”

 

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