Historically, the rituals of lynching,
burning, castrating, raping, and mutilating are forms for performing
a rite of exorcism designed to eradicate the beast. To perform these
rituals, is acting out a communal role -- a perpetuation of an oral
tradition bent on the survival of mankind.
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The rituals along with recitals of
chants and prayers helps draw down the spirits and increase the
chances of having a petition answered. Rituals also command someone
have powers of domination over others and make people do as you say.