Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

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."


An Analysis of Negro Ritualistic Ceremonies as Exemplified by Negro Organizations in Omaha Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Sociology of the Municipal University of Omaha