The Ritual of Smoking a Pipe
    May 25th, 2012

Dr. Michael Garr, Ph. D. aka "Doc Garr"
In his classic study,
The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, Emile Durkheim proposes a distinction between two types of objects—sacred and profane. Beliefs and behaviors that set apart the sacred from the profane is the realm of rituals. In our more secular society, the distinction between sacred and profane is still with us but in less dramatic fashion than we find in religion. Pipes can be thought of as sacred objects and pipe smoking as ritualistic activity.

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