We tend to turn significant beginnings and endings in human life into celebrations – weddings and funerals, for example, mark the start and the end of a particular stage of life. In the section titled Rituals of Life, therefore, you’ll find many works that tell a story about the order typical of a traditional worldview. You’ll also see various celebrations held by different religions, marking the boundary between the earthly and sacred worlds. In all of these cases, celebrations help us through important transformations and keep us from plunging into chaos at critical moments in our lives. And even in the face of fundamental life changes, there is relativism. When the sacred is removed from a celebration, we have to rethink its rituals and, at the same time, the traditional roles established for men and women through those rituals.