Differentiate between culture, tradition, rituals, ceremonies, and religion...

@vandana7 (56765)
India
January 27, 2013 2:38pm CST
For me, culture is something like courtesy common across the board...in an ethnic group. Tradition is something that has been told to us..do it...it is good..nobody really knows the significance of it, a few try to find reasons for it, and some logics do exist...but most are hard to identify. Rituals are somethings that are done REGULARLY to keep bad times away and ensure some good times...suggested by religion Ceremonies are definite occasions...on which prayers are offered or an act is performed...again born from religion Religion...something we dont really believe in after our education, disillusionments, experiences, etc., but will fight tooth and nail to say we believe in it. Of course, those are my definitions...when I write a dictionary, I will include these definitions...what are yours...I might just choose to use yours.
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8 responses
• India
27 Jan 13
Thnx for sharing some of your definitions. In my view Culture: The best possible way to transfer your knowledge on others, which fetches a positive vibe. Tradition: The simplest way to follow to be a common man. Rituals: Old way of mass entertainment. Ceremony: Some truth of life, we want to share. Religion: Similar to the professions in modern era like doctor, engineer, architects, scientists etc. Another definition you can add. Caste: Similar to the designated post in modern era lie Officer, principal, peon, sweeper, driver, lecturer etc. Thank you.
@vandana7 (56765)
• India
27 Jan 13
I am fine ceremony onwards...before that...I disagree..
@vandana7 (56765)
• India
27 Jan 13
You see traditions are created...for example...one person gives a wedding card..others will also give ...somebody wears flowers on head, others will also do that...there is no logical reason in it..if flowers are good on head, why is it that men dont wear it...or may be...there is a reason for such things which we dont know. But no religious book says flowers should be worn, or wedding cards should be distributed...:)
• India
27 Jan 13
I ve not denied or dis-approve your vision, i ve just defined the concluded output. And in tradition also, you will find sufficient logic behind all the actions. It shouldnt be difficult to understand, why male n female r dressed up differently. It seems, you put a lots of flower on head ... its nice.
@mariaperalta (19097)
• Mexico
27 Jan 13
I dont believe much in cultures. As in Mexico we have them, but everyone does what ever they want to. Not based on cultures. Here cultures are something of the past. Have a great day there.
@vandana7 (56765)
• India
27 Jan 13
Ok...its understandable..you too have a good day...:)
• India
27 Jan 13
true, some part of the globe doesnt believe in culture. But mexico has a very rich culture as i know at least.
@vandana7 (56765)
• India
27 Jan 13
Quite a few people associate the way we dress, sing, or cook, or even our art forms as our culture...:) Cultural shows are supposed to be that..lol I dont think so...culture is...the measures in the day to day routine that make the social movements pleasant. Art is art...not culture.. Cooking is cooking..not culture... Wearing certain types of clothes is exactly that...not culture. :)
@urbandekay (18314)
28 Jan 13
Culture is the form of life that binds a people, diverse though they may be into a nation and inculudes the normative values and asperations of those people. Tradition is a normative values of how the culture was a time ago. Rituals is when tradition has become so old you can not longer remember what it was for. Ceremony is rich people pretending they have a culture Religion is a relationship with God all the best, urban
@vandana7 (56765)
• India
29 Jan 13
You are the best!!! Pity I had only one BR because this one certainly deserves a BR.
@urbandekay (18314)
29 Jan 13
why, thank you all the best, urban
@allknowing (54667)
• India
28 Jan 13
I would say culture is a manifestation of how one is brought up and it is universal influenced by the country one lives in. It is a culture in India to say 'namaste'. Tradition belongs to different sects of the community sometimes even a family has its own tradition.In our family we used to say our prayers together before dinner. Rituals are more to do with one's religion and ceremonies are a mix of tradition and rituals and religion is a mixture of beliefs, and rituals.
@vandana7 (56765)
• India
28 Jan 13
Thats a great explanation... I was just thinking based on Vijayanth's discussion...money or culture...both are not mutually exclusive...right? Its like asking somebody in the morning tootpaste or toothbrush..lol I think culture does not cost money...we can create traditions that are expensive..like giving costly favors along with wedding invitation cards, or feeding one poor person per day...those would be traditions...not necessarily something to do with religion, in fact, rarely something to do with religion. Rituals...are often prescribed by the religion. Ceremonies too...and religion is as you put it beliefs.
@allknowing (54667)
• India
28 Jan 13
Thanks for the BR tag
28 Jan 13
dear vandana7, I have something to say about tradition. Girls are forced to bind their foot in old days in China,but basically nobody believed it was beautiful at that time.It seems that nobody knew the reason why girl have to bind their foot. But,actually, in ancient China, there was some rich people liked girl whose foot is small, so some poor family asked their daughter to bind their foot so that their foot becomes smaller than before. So tradition forms always has its reason, but it may too long to remember the reason, people finally forget the reason and just remember to do as traditions tell them to do. So I think tradition is something that has its reason which is no longer remembered,maybe it's not good for our thrive,but people just blindly follow it. (I hope I can make myself understood, I am practicing my English...)
@vandana7 (56765)
• India
28 Jan 13
Oh I understood you perfectly...yes, tradition is something that does not exist in scriptures...instead we create it...whether for our good, or for society's but it definitely does not come from religion. :)
@veganbliss (3892)
• Adelaide, Australia
28 Jan 13
How much do you want for that dictionary of yours? I think I'll buy one! But it's got to have pictures in it. Dictionaries just don't come with pictures these days! And you need to inlay the cover with gold leaf - it'll be a best seller in India! Also, add a thesaurus in there with it & you'll just collar the market! Include also a list of all the famous people that have ever used each word the world over for all time & then you'll have yourself a winner! ...can I get you to send me a copy tomorrow if you start on it today?
@vandana7 (56765)
• India
28 Jan 13
You can write the preface.. Was just searching for proper explanations for those words...how a common man understands those words...I think everybody is confused about them, some what..lol
@celticeagle (113022)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Jan 13
I think that culture is not common across the board. It is different for each ethnic group. Traditions are things handed down from generation to generation. Traditions within a cultural group. Rituals are, in their way, traditions. Hope your dictionary comes out well.
@vandana7 (56765)
• India
28 Jan 13
You do have the culture definition right... Now, traditions can be handed down in the family which over a period becomes larger, and larger, and these get copied by neighbors and friends as well. It is distinct from culture, traditions, or rituals, and even the art forms...but because we do not differentiate between such things, we have made "culture" expensive..
@WakeUpKitty (8711)
• Netherlands
27 Jan 13
Remarkable I find that no matter if you talk about culture, tradition, rituals, ceremonies, to your opinion it Always has to do with religion. To my opinon it's not. Most of it has to do with habits. The habits of the family, community/society you are raised in. But also the habits you can make yourself to make your life (or your kids) better, to improve it. It all has nothing to do with keeping the bat times or spirits away. I find it way better to look at the positive sides of everything and that is what I want to show my children. All these habits make one feel more secure as well.
@vandana7 (56765)
• India
27 Jan 13
Ok...what would you say midnight mass is...ritual, tradition, culture.......:) I would call it..ritual.. And no...I think culture is out of the clutches of religion, and so is tradition... Only rituals and ceremonies remain under religion..according to my definition. I remember traditionally when a girl was selected for marriage...they used to give her a bowl of water to wash her feet. If she succeeded in washing her feet in less water then she would be careful with monies...that was the assessment..that is tradition...it involves some common sense. As to culture..it is about maintaining amicable relationships I think...so whether it is you or me...we all would appreciate it..In african tribes there is this custom ...they cook for one more person. That is because they never know when the guest would arrive. That means waste but it also means that should the guest arrive, he wont be hungry. So it has human considerations so it is nice culture..no religion specifies it...