The Role of Ritual Behavior in Anxiety Reduction: An Investigation of Marathi Religious Practices in Mauritius

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  1. Martin Lang

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Description: We investigate the anxiolytic effects of religious practices among the Marathi Hindu community in Mauritius and test whether these effects are facilitated by the degree of ritualization present in these practices

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While the occurrence of rituals in anxiogenic contexts has been long noted and supported by ethnographic, quantitative, and experimental studies, the purported effects of ritual behavior on anxiety reduction have rarely been examined. In the present study, we investigate the anxiolytic effects of religious practices among the Marathi Hindu community in Mauritius and test whether these effects are ...

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