Ritual: Magical Celebrations of Nature and Community From Around the World
by Nikki Van De Car Author and Barbara Tamilin Illustrator
Nature is a source of magic and power, and cultures around the world celebrate it in different ways. Humans have always understood the power of nature, for instance celebrate the changing seasons with age-old rituals. For instance, in Bulgaria, people celebrate the arrival of spring with martenitsas, little talismans of red and white string. In South Asia, people celebrate the same season with Holi, a joyful, riotous dance of colors. And across the globe and time, places as different as modern Iran, Arizona, Ancient Rome, China, or Scandinavia, people have marked the winter solstice with vastly different rituals. These various rituals are all forms of magic, a magic created and maintained by community and tradition. though they manifest in many different ways, they all have the same goal: to connect us to nature and to each other. Ritual: Magical Celebrations of Nature and Community From Around the World is an important read for anyone who wants to connect with the natural world and to celebrate the changing seasons.
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