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Interview Date

6-25-1999

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What is the function of ritual?

Dr. Ramdas Lamb discusses the importance of rituals in our lives because they “mark our existence”. He has had first-hand experience both in leading various rituals as well as being a participant and says they are useful in highlighting important moments for each of us.

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About the Interviewee:

Dr. Ramdas Lamb is Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Hawaii. He specializes in comparative religion and the religious traditions of India. From 1969 to 1978 he lived in India as a Hindu monk and he has also studied the traditions and practices of the Ramnami community. Dr. Lamb is President and co-founder of the Sahayog Foundation.

About the Interviewer:

Dr. Alfred Benney is a professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and teaches courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include "how people learn"; "the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning" and "myth as explanatory narrative". He has published work on teaching with technology.

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