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Ritual Collection

From ancient traditions to modern protests, the power transcends time and culture

Background imageRitual Collection: Statue of Athena in the Parthenon of ancient Athens

Statue of Athena in the Parthenon of ancient Athens
Statue of the goddess Athena inside the Parthenon, ancient Athens. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRitual Collection: The Little White Chapel

The Little White Chapel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Background imageRitual Collection: SIBERIA: SHAMAN. A shaman of the Tungus people of Siberia, with antlers and ritual drum

SIBERIA: SHAMAN. A shaman of the Tungus people of Siberia, with antlers and ritual drum. Copper engraving, Dutch, 1705, after a drawing by Nicolaes Witsen

Background imageRitual Collection: The Druids - Bringing in the Mistletoe, 1890 (oil on canvas)

The Druids - Bringing in the Mistletoe, 1890 (oil on canvas)
GLS219810 The Druids - Bringing in the Mistletoe, 1890 (oil on canvas) by Henry, George (1858-1943) and Hornel, Edward A. (1864-1933); 152.4x152.4 cm; Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove, Glasgow

Background imageRitual Collection: Reconstruction of the Stone circles at Avebury, Wiltshire

Reconstruction of the Stone circles at Avebury, Wiltshire
Reconstruction (after J. Britton) of the Stone circles at Avebury, Wiltshire - The Great stone circle, it is said, was approached by two avenues of 200 stones each

Background imageRitual Collection: Map of the Coronation ritual within Westminster Abbey

Map of the Coronation ritual within Westminster Abbey
A panoramic view inside Westminster Abbey to show the position, movements and sequence of ceremonies (indicated by numbers) of the Coronation ceremony of King George VI. Date: 1937

Background imageRitual Collection: Bison dance of the Mandan Native Americans in front of their medicine lodge

Bison dance of the Mandan Native Americans in front of their medicine lodge
MANDAN: BISON DANCE, 1844. Bison dance of the Mandan Native Americans in front of their medicine lodge. Aquatint engraving, 1844, after Karl Bodmer

Background imageRitual Collection: Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953
General view of the State Procession down the Nave led by H. M. The Queen, flanked by her Maids of Honour after the Coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey on June 2nd 1953. 1953

Background imageRitual Collection: Worshippers at the Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel, Middle East

Worshippers at the Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel, Middle East

Background imageRitual Collection: Sri Lanka - Geta Beraya and Udekkiya players

Sri Lanka - Geta Beraya and Udekkiya players
Traditional Sri Lankna drums and drummers. The standing player is holding a hill country drum called the Geta Beraya (a drum with a knot)

Background imageRitual Collection: Codex Borgia. Ritual and divinatory mesoamerican

Codex Borgia. Ritual and divinatory mesoamerican manuscript written in Nahuatl before of the conquest of Mexico. It is related with the aztec calendar Tonalpohualli

Background imageRitual Collection: Bust of goddess Tanit. Carthaginian art. Sculpture

Bust of goddess Tanit. Carthaginian art. Sculpture. SPAIN. BALEARES. IBIZA. Ibiza. Museum of Archaeology of Ibiza and Formentera

Background imageRitual Collection: Queen Elizabeth II is crowned

Queen Elizabeth II is crowned
The moment during the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II where the Archbishop of Canterbury places St Edwards crown on the Queens head. Date: 1953

Background imageRitual Collection: Costume design for the ballet The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) by I. Stravinski, 1930

Costume design for the ballet The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) by I. Stravinski, 1930. Private Collection

Background imageRitual Collection: The Girl. Costume design for the ballet The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) by I

The Girl. Costume design for the ballet The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) by I. Stravinsky, 1912. Found in the collection of the State Central A. Bakhrushin Theatre Museum, Moscow

Background imageRitual Collection: The Trundholm sun chariot. Early Bronze Age. C. 1400 BC

The Trundholm sun chariot. Early Bronze Age. C. 1400 BC
Prehistory. The Trundholm sun chariot. Early Bronze Age. C. 1400 BC. Scandinavian

Background imageRitual Collection: Symbols of Power and Glory and of Christian Faith

Symbols of Power and Glory and of Christian Faith. S. Edwards Crown, The Imperial State Crown, The Sovereigns Orb and the head of the Royal Sceptre with Cross

Background imageRitual Collection: Druid carrying mistletoe

Druid carrying mistletoe and a sickle. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRitual Collection: Pouring coffee during a coffee ceremony, Ethiopia, Africa

Pouring coffee during a coffee ceremony, Ethiopia, Africa

Background imageRitual Collection: Morris Men BB76_04939

Morris Men BB76_04939
Headington Quarry Morris Dancers outside the Chequers public house, Headington, Oxfordshire. It was a meeting between this group

Background imageRitual Collection: Egypt. Goddess Nephthys. Relief. Memphis

Egypt. Goddess Nephthys. Relief. Memphis
Egyptian Art. Goddess Nephthys wearing a headdress in the shape of a house. Relief. Mit Rahina Open Air Museum. Memphis. Egypt

Background imageRitual Collection: Picture No. 11671273

Picture No. 11671273
Great Crested Grebe pair performing courtship dance. Date:

Background imageRitual Collection: Navajo sand paintings preserved on tiles

Navajo sand paintings preserved on tiles
Navajo sand paintings on tiles displayed for sale at the intertribal Indian Ceremonial in Gallup, New Mexico. Photograph

Background imageRitual Collection: Druids collecting sacred mistletoe

Druids collecting sacred mistletoe
Druid ceremony gathering mistletoe in the forest. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRitual Collection: Jewish high priest and Levite in ancient Israel

Jewish high priest and Levite in ancient Israel
Jewish high priest and Levite conducting a ceremony, ancient Israel. Antique hand-colored woodcut

Background imageRitual Collection: Egyptian deities separating night and day

Egyptian deities separating night and day
Ancient Egyptian deities Shu separating Sibu and Nuit. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of a painting on a mummy-case

Background imageRitual Collection: Buddist celebration of Losar

Buddist celebration of Losar (Tibetian New Year) where Buddists throw flower in the air, Bodnath, Katmandu, Nepal, Asia

Background imageRitual Collection: Shaman mask, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia (B. C. ), Canada, North America

Shaman mask, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia (B. C. ), Canada, North America
Shaman mask, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, North America

Background imageRitual Collection: Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel, Middle East

Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel, Middle East

Background imageRitual Collection: Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel, Middle East

Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel, Middle East

Background imageRitual Collection: Vajrakumara (?) and Consort, Nyingmapa Buddhist or Bon Ritual Card, 18th-19th century

Vajrakumara (?) and Consort, Nyingmapa Buddhist or Bon Ritual Card, 18th-19th century. Creator: Unknown
Vajrakumara (?) and Consort, Nyingmapa Buddhist or Bon Ritual Card, 18th-19th century

Background imageRitual Collection: Druids at Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Druids at Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageRitual Collection: Devotees pray with light

Devotees pray with light
Azim Khan Ronnie

Background imageRitual Collection: Symbolic designs on the lid of the Pastos in the vault of the Adepts, c

Symbolic designs on the lid of the Pastos in the vault of the Adepts, c
RGL212699 Symbolic designs on the lid of the Pastos in the vault of the Adepts, c.1895 (coloured ink on paper) by English School

Background imageRitual Collection: King of the Witches, Alex Sanders at his home in Notting Hill, London

King of the Witches, Alex Sanders at his home in Notting Hill, London. His first live show featuring pagan rites, black magic

Background imageRitual Collection: Alex Sanders King of the Witches at his basement flat in Notting Hill, London

Alex Sanders King of the Witches at his basement flat in Notting Hill, London. 13th March 1970

Background imageRitual Collection: Queen of the Witches, Maxine Sanders. 4th May 1974

Queen of the Witches, Maxine Sanders. 4th May 1974

Background imageRitual Collection: Alex Sanders and Maxine Morris, Queen of Englands 30

Alex Sanders and Maxine Morris, Queen of Englands 30, 000 witches signed this week at technical advisors for witchcraft sequences n the new film " The Eye of he Devil"

Background imageRitual Collection: Maxine Morris, Queen of Englands 30, 000 witches signed this week at technical

Maxine Morris, Queen of Englands 30, 000 witches signed this week at technical advisor for witchcraft sequences n the new film " The Eye of he Devil"

Background imageRitual Collection: Orthodox priest blessing the soil, Russia

Orthodox priest blessing the soil, Russia. A print from Customs of the World, Volume II Hutchinson and Co, Paternoster Row, London

Background imageRitual Collection: John Of God, Saint (1495-1550). Portuguese religious

John Of God, Saint (1495-1550). Portuguese religious man, founder of the ador de la Order of Charity or of Hospitallers (Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God)

Background imageRitual Collection: Back View Of Car With Just Married Sign

Back View Of Car With Just Married Sign
UNITED STATES - Circa 1930s: Back View Of Car With Just Married Sign. (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Background imageRitual Collection: Pilgrims Bathing in Roben Waterfall, c1827. Pilgrims are taking a ritual bath

Pilgrims Bathing in Roben Waterfall, c1827. Pilgrims are taking a ritual bath before visiting the shrine at Oyama. Katsushika Hokusai (1770-1849) Japanese artist and printmaker

Background imageRitual Collection: Coronation 1937 - The Anointing

Coronation 1937 - The Anointing
The Anointing Ceremony during the Coronation of King George VI, which precedes the crowning. Illustration shows King George VI having taking his Robe with its Cape of ermine off

Background imageRitual Collection: Ancient Greek athlete proclaimed the winner

Ancient Greek athlete proclaimed the winner
Crowning the winner with laurel in ancient Greek Olympic Games. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRitual Collection: Paris Masons, 1740

Paris Masons, 1740
Freemasons in a Masonic Lodge in Paris perform a ritual. A symbol covered banner is laid on the floor while a blindfolded man, an arm & shoulder bared, is led forth

Background imageRitual Collection: Advertisement for Doctors China Tea by Gladys Peto, done in her characteristic

Advertisement for Doctors China Tea by Gladys Peto, done in her characteristic decorative style. Date: c.1924

Background imageRitual Collection: Bulls fight during the Maghesangranti festival at Talukachandani village in Nuwakot

Bulls fight during the Maghesangranti festival at Talukachandani village in Nuwakot
Bulls fight during the Maghesangranti festival, which commemorates the start of the holy month of Magh, ushering in the coming of warmer weather and longer days




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From ancient traditions to modern protests, the power transcends time and culture. In 1963, Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc made a profound statement by committing self-immolation in Saigon, denouncing President Ngo Dinh Diem's anti-Buddhist measures. Malcolm Browne captured this haunting moment that forever etched itself into history. The Parthenon of ancient Athens stands as a testament to the rituals performed in honor of Athena, goddess of wisdom and warfare. The grandeur of this temple reminds us of the significance placed on religious customs throughout civilizations. In Las Vegas, amidst glitz and glamour, The Little White Chapel serves as a sacred space for couples seeking matrimonial rituals. Love takes center stage here as vows are exchanged and lifelong commitments are sealed with tradition. Across the pond in 1953, the Coronation ceremony brought forth an awe-inspiring display of regal pageantry as Queen Elizabeth II ascended to her throne. This meticulously planned ritual within Westminster Abbey showcased symbols of power and glory alongside Christian faith. Traveling back even further in time, we find ourselves at Avebury in Wiltshire where stone circles were reconstructed - remnants from an ancient civilization's mysterious rituals. These enigmatic structures continue to captivate our imagination today. Jerusalem's Western Wall holds deep spiritual significance for worshippers who gather there daily to engage in prayerful rituals dating back centuries, and is a place where faith converges with history and devotion resonates through every stone. Sri Lanka introduces us to Geta Beraya and Udekkiya players whose rhythmic movements form part of traditional rituals celebrating their rich cultural heritage. Through music and dance, they pay homage to their ancestors while keeping these age-old practices alive. Delving into Mesoamerican cultures through Codex Borgia reveals intricate illustrations depicting ritualistic ceremonies intertwined with divination practices - providing insights into their beliefs about life's mysteries.