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rit·u·al

(rich'ū-ăl),
In psychiatry and psychology, any repetitive psychomotor activity (for example, hair pulling, handwashing) performed by a person to relieve anxiety, typically seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
[L. ritualis, fr. ritus, rite]

ritual

Psychiatry Repetitive complex movements, often a distorted or stereotyped elaboration of a daily routine, used to relieve anxiety, or seen in obsessive compulsive disorder. See Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Cf Motor tic.

rit·u·al

(rich'ū-ăl)
psychiatry, psychologyAny psychomotor activity (e.g., pathologic handwashing) performed by a person to relieve anxiety or forestall its development; typically seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
[L. ritualis, fr. ritus, rite]
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The initiations associated with traditional cultural rites generally have very little space within which a participant may choose whether or not to participate or the identity they wish to transition into.
J D-P: Though it has proven quite difficult to get rid of [harmful] cultural rites meted out on widows--because many people still have a strong attachment to all sorts of superstitious beliefs--education through advocacy and the provision of employable skills, such as those provided by WANE, are the best long-term solution to problems that have plagued African widows for a long time.
As hip-hop has evolved into an important commercial enterprise within the entertainment industries, the authenticity debates have intensified; similarly, as a growing number of individuals identify themselves in and through hiphop's customs, the question of cultural rites of passages, commitments, and belonging urgently arise.
Connelly said, "One of the geniuses of Christianity was to originally allow a variety of cultural rites to celebrate Mass and sacraments in different languages and different customs in different lands, independently of the formally developed Roman rite."
"One of the reasons is cultural rites of passage handed down through the females of the family,'' she said.

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