; symbols are the building blocks of myth and the acceptance and veneration of symbols is a significant
aspect of rituals … Thus myths are encoded in rituals, liturgies and symbols, and
reference to a symbol can be quite sufficient to recall the myth for members of the
community without need to return to the ritual … Members of a community of
shared symbols can continue to recognize one another and maintain communication even after they have abandoned their language (in the philological sense).
The relationship between grammatical language and symbolic language is a
are to be found in Oman (Ibadies). A multitude of Christian minorities, divided by the languages of their liturgies or allegiances to Eastern Orthodoxy or Rome, are scattered across the region.
Where, as is frequent, such identity groups spill across borders – becoming ‘trans-state’ – the lack of correspondence between borders and identity may foster irredentism. This, in turn, may generate inter-state conflicts as states contest each others’ borders or ‘interfere’ in each others’ ‘domestic’ affairs by supporting irredentist groups, a practice
, their work seems to be wrapped within a higher moral veil. In many respects the ICRC cultivates secularised rites, rituals and liturgies of salvation and redemption, including the symbolism of the cross and an ultra-modern museum that might be imagined as the equivalent of a temple. 27 The Red Cross’s seven principles and their moral and juridical values are the equivalent of the Book. The latter is explained by treaties such as the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the 1977 Additional Protocols. The ICRC acts as guardian of International Humanitarian Law and of a Movement