Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Sociology and Anthropology
This study is an attempt to analyze the ritualistic ceremonics of the Negroes of Omaha. Various interpretations are given to the terms "ritual" and "ceremony." They are often confused and used synonymously. According to the World's Popular Encyclopedia a ritual is an outward act of worship, the performance of certain outward acts, and the use of symbols which become identified with the thing symbolized. Dr. Whitehead says a "ritual may be defined as the habitual performance of definite actions which have no direct revelance to the perservation of the physical organism of the actors."
Rowland, Ida Madonna, "An Analysis of Negro Ritualistic ceremonies as Exemplified by Negro Organizations in Omaha" (1938). Student Work. 454.