Posted on September 14, 2022 at 9:57 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II has meant a great deal of ritual behavior — and also a great deal of questioning its necessity.

Of course, rituals aren't just for noteworthy occasions; we all participate in a certain number of them on a more day-to-day basis.

That prompted anthropologist and scientist Dimitris Xygalatas to write a book on the topic, called Ritual: How Seemingly Senseless Acts Make Life Worth Living.

NPR's Ari Shapiro hosted Xygalatas on All Things Considered to discuss key points from Ritual, namely that such behaviors may have played a key role in civilizations' development.

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