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Mortal RitualsWhat the Story of the Andes Survivors Tells Us About Human Evolution$
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Matt Rossano

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165006

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165006.001.0001

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Mortal Rituals

Matt J. Rossano

Columbia University Press

This chapter considers the daily chores of UAF Flight 571 survivors in discussing the importance of routine and ritual. Survival required daily effort, and the survivors had their assigned roles—the cabin cleaners, the water makers, the food preparers, and the medics, all of which are their assigned task everyday. At midday, they would line up for their main meal. Everyone had his place in line, and they filed along, cafeteria style, to receive their ration. Two months of living in the closed quarters had turned the survivors into a family bonded by domestic routines and rituals. Their activities served as the social glue holding them together and protecting them from the dissipative forces of narcissism and neglect. Rituals and routines are the first layer of the human habitat. They give people a sense of stability, predictability, and security, allowing them to control their circumstances.

Keywords:   routine, ritual, UAF Flight 571 survivors, family, narcissism, neglect

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