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Chapter 76: Ceremonies
Life is nothing but a process beginning with acts, rather than with thoughts. In the journey of life, every moment brings necessitation, which humans try to satisfy in their own way. Need was the first experience and efforts were there to satisfy the need. It is a general assumption that there are certain inherited tendencies-instincts-that humans acquired from their ancestors. When these inherited acts are repeated, they became customs in the same way; acted up individually, if repeated, they then became habits.
Customs are social habits forming the basis of an order of social behavior. There are various names for customs depending upon the situation. Ceremonies are customs signaling important events with the observance of some formal act or series of acts in the manner ...