A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Monday, April 8th, 2019
Chapter Four: Ritual
Religion is the ligature that binds civilization together, from the family unit to the Galactic Empire, without religion there is nothing.
Ritual is life-force of religion.
Rituals shape the entire context of a person’s life, from the moment they are born to the moment they die, each and every day if marked by ritual.
If a society loses its ritual structure it fall apart. When the individual abandons their ritual behaviors, their life loses its meaning and they quickly Perish.
In the Galactic Empire, and even on Earth, both the patriot and the rebel shared the same songs, the same history, they shared the same stories narrated in the same way. The only thing that differentiated their use of these ritual forms was the different ends they were pointed to.
Everything else was the same, because the people were the same, sharing the same hopes for themselves and their families, their friends and their villages, the same hopes for their worlds.
Heroes were interchangeable with villains, victims with martyrs, with the proper ritual any crime could be forgiven, and any character could be redeemed through the ritual power of narrative, they could be purified and forgiven.
In the end, the only thing that mattered were the stories that were told.
That is why all of the power resided in the priesthood, they were the arbiters of the myths, they spun the webs that connected the Empire together, from end to end, from the tiniest world to the throne world and its portal of the Continuum.
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