A ritual is defined as a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value. It may be described by the traditions of a community.
Many kinds of actions can be part of a ritual. The rites typically involve the performance of special music, songs or dances, processions or parades, wearing costumes and masks, the recitation of texts, the consumption of special food, drink, or drugs, amongst many other activities.
This series of images shows different rituals of a different kind from seveal places on earth - varying from a church service in Mississippi, the Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico to a buddhist festival in Bhutan.
© Oliver Stegmann Photography