- Anthropology : The holistic study of humankind; from the Greek words anthropos ("human") and logia ("study").
- Religion : Belief in, and systems of, worshipful dedication to a superhuman power or belief in the ultimate nature of existence.
- Civil society : The space for social activity outside the market, state and household; the arena of uncoerced collective action around shared interests, purposes and values.
- Law : Body of rules of conduct of binding legal force and effect, prescribed, recognized, and enforced by a controlling authority.
- Sociology : Social science that studies human social behavior or social relations, social institutions and structures, demography, public opinion, social welfare, social psychology and some forms of political behavior, as well as the history of sociology.
- Symbolic magic : Add brief definition or description
- Sympathetic magic : The cultural concept that a symbol, or small aspect, of a more powerful entity can, as desired by the user, invoke or compel that entity
Common religious rituals
- Birth ritual : Add brief definition or description
- Coming of age : Add brief definition or description
- Marriage : Please do not use this term in your topic list, because there is no single article for it. Please substitute a more precise term. See Marriage (disambiguation) for a list of available, more precise, topics. Please add a new usage if needed.
- Holy orders : Add brief definition or description
- Funeral : Add brief definition or description
- Body modification : Add brief definition or description
- Martyrdom : The act of submitting to death for beliefs, principles or ideology, which, depending on the cultural context, can range from passive acceptance, to suicide in protest, to suicide attack
- Mortification : Add brief definition or description
- Sacrifice : To give up something good for the sake of a greater good. In Greek mythology, it means the act of burning food or giving up valuable objects to a god or goddess as a form of worship and as a sign of respect and love. The word has an etymology from the Latin roots sacr meaning sacred and facere meaning make, that is, sacrifice means to make sacred. According to Elizabeth Vandiver, Prometheus set a precedent with a first sacrifice in which, to benefit mankind, he burnt the worst portions of the animal for the gods, so that humans could get meat from the best parts; Prometheus was later punished for his attempted deception.
Common civic and military rituals
- Allegiance : Add brief definition or description
- Contract : Add brief definition or description
- Naturalization : Add brief definition or description
- Oath of service : Add brief definition or description
- Ship commissioning : A ceremonial and administrative step in the building and deployment of a ship, usually a naval vessel
- Authority : Derived from the Latin word auctoritas: the power or right to make rules or laws.
- Obedience : Add brief definition or description
- Stanley Milgram : American social psychologist (1933-1984), best known for the Milgram experiment on obedience, but also for concepts such as the "familiar stranger"
- Philip Zimbardo : American psychologist, known for work on authority, terrorism, shyness and cults, as well as popular presentation of psychological ideas