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Ritual is a podcast about how humans make patterns of meaning in a maddening world. The rituals we discuss will span centuries and civilizations. They will run the gamut from the ornately performative to the relatively mundane. Season One focuses on the quest for immortality and how we cope with our own expiration dates.
||CleanEp. 10: Heroes & Humans||The first story ever written, the Epic of Gilgamesh, tells the story of a quest for immortality. This quest for meaning affects the lives of our current listeners as much as the heroes of epic. In the last episode of the season, you get one more...||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 9: Resistance & Rights||Vodou is a much maligned and often misunderstood religion. We’ll begin to unpack vodou’s complicated role in Haitian history and learn about loa. I’m joined by Dr. Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University, who comes to us live from the Chicago...||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 8: Rabbis & Remembrance||Mourning the loss of a loved one is never an easy thing. Shiva is a Jewish practice that gives mourners time and space to process their grief. In this episode, I speak with a rabbi about why he's not concerned about the afterlife. Also, I try very...||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 7: Spirits & Sunflowers||Ghost stories are sometimes more comforting than scary. In this episode, we'll examine Spiritualism through the life of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. I'll also introduce you to a modern Spiritualist minister, and tell you all about my fool-proof...||5/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 6: Mercury & Magicians||It's a surprisingly fine line between magic and science. Along that line lies alchemy. In this episode, I dive into historical attempts to create the philosopher's stone, and the philosophical arguments for its existence. Also, I question whether...||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 5: Grace & Glitter||Ash Wednesday is traditionally observed by a number of Christian denominations. Catholic ritual and theology shows the role death can play in the path towards immortality. Along the way, I learn more than I expected about a ritual I actually practice,..||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntermission: Be Featured on Ritual||Tell us what ritual means to you at ritualpodcast.com/voices.||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 4: Myth & Mummies||Ancient Egyptians were pretty much the kings of immortality. Ancient Egyptian pharaohs were literally the kings of immortality. The death of a pharaoh was also his birth into the afterlife. And the Opening of the Mouth Ceremony was the best way to...||4/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 3: Marching & Marble||At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery, a Sentinel walks the mat 24-hours a day, seven days a week. In this episode, we move beyond superstition, but look deeper at the kind of repetition that can echo across generations. I introduce..||4/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 2: Sacrifice & Sangre||In the Inka child sacrifice ceremony of Capacocha, we see ritual in its most brutal form, as the lines between statecraft and spirituality blur. This week’s episode takes us to South America, to learn about an empire that spanned the Andes mountain...||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 1: Proxies & Polyester||Our exploration of immortality starts with the Mormon Baptism for the Dead, a controversial ceremony designed to give all people who ever lived the chance to convert to Mormonism. I learn the difference between the spirit and the soul. Also, I...||3/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroduction: This is Ritual||Coming March 22.||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
This show is amazing. Give me more!!!
Very informative and well researched
Super cool topic, fantastic host, good production, and I like the length
This podcast is awesome! The host does a really good job organizing each episode, and they’re just long enough to fit in a commute or a walk. They don’t get slow or boring at all and progress through the topic smoothly. Also it’s impressive how she finds people to interview with direct experience of the rituals she’s talking about. It’s also not just her in her basement on the internet recording this, but she actually goes out into the world recording to find out more.
She also has a good sense of humor, a super smooth voice, and what’s best, seems genuinely excited and curious about what’s she’s talking about. I can’t wait to see what is next since each episode has been really different.