Cultural Models of Virtual Rituals in 3D CyberspaceKulturelle modeller af virtuelle ritualer i 3D cyberspace
The study of cultural practice supported by the Internet could benefit from a cognitive anthropological description of the cultural models in use. This article suggests that such a description could be achieved by the application of a generative theory, i.e. Lawson & McCauley's theory of religious rituals. The subject of this study is two cultural practices supported by the 3D cyberspace system “Active Worlds”. The article briefly outlines the development of the system, the ritualized interaction structures, and the emergence of a central ritual: a wedding. Following this, Lawson & McCauley's theory is presented and a comparative analysis of virtual rituals in the two cultural practices is carried out. Finally, a cultural model of the virtual rituals is outlined and discussed.
Religious Narrative, Cognition and Culture: Image and Word in the Mind of Narrative, 2011