Cult of the Green Fairy, Part IV

At last we come to the fourth level of Rappaport's hierarchy: the arena of on-the-ground adaptive pressures, where religious ideas meet the real world in practice and must respond like any other organic system in order to survive. This last part of our look at an imagined absinthe religion will be a piecemeal conclusion, addressing a smattering of issues the Green Goddess may encounter on her journey from spiritual obscurity to deific stardom.


Cult of the Green Fairy, Part III

Having firmly established that the absinthe ritual is indeed a ritual properly so-called, let us continue with our consideration of the third tier of Rappaport's hierarchy: rules of conduct.


The Absinthe Ritual

At the conclusion of our discussion of absinthe cosmology, I declared we could turn our attention to the third tier of Rappaport's hierarchy of religious ideas. However, before we consider that third level generally, let us take a detour to examine its most prominent and significant feature exclusively.

Here we will consider the ritual preparation of absinthe in terms of Rappaport's definition of ritual before returning to our hypothetical survey of religious absinthism.