A ritual is the enactment of a myth. And, by participating in the ritual, you are participating in the myth.

A ritual is the enactment of a myth. And, by participating in the ritual, you are participating in the myth. And since myth is a projection of the depth wisdom of the psyche, by participating in a ritual, participating in the myth, you are being, as it were, put in accord with that wisdom, which is the wisdom that is inherent within you anyhow. Your consciousness is being re-minded of the wisdom of your own life.

-- Joseph Campbell
The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell (New Dimensions Foundation(Tape I, Side 2)
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