Existing outside, and within, organized and “tamed” religions, the practices of wild religion are authentic expressions of spontaneous spirituality and, as such, they may hold secrets that can contribute to a much richer understanding of the psychology of religion as a whole: why, what and how people believe. Further project information.
Why do children believe in Santa Claus? How could Christmas rituals bring us closer together in the current pandemic? By exploring the fundamental causes and consequences of cultural rituals, CSSC Director and ERC grantee Harvey Whitehouse could provide answers to these questions. Related article.
Martha Newson, CSSC Research Affiliate, speaks to the BBC's PM Programme about ritual: How come we can eat the same breakfast day in, day out, but the thought of the same dinner four days in a row sounds grim? Why do kids love bland, beige food?! Ritual is the answer.