Dimitris Xygalatas Dimitris XygalatasAssistant Professor in Anthropology, University of Connecticut The Past How rituals created human society Civilization was built on ceremony. Neuropsych Purification rituals: Should schools be demolished after a mass shooting? Symbolic gestures often speak to our psyche in ways no rational action could ever speak to our intellect. Neuropsych An anthropologist explains why we love holiday rituals and traditions For relatives who live far apart, holiday rituals may be the glue that holds the family together. Culture & Religion Are religious people more moral? Why do people distrust atheists? And are they right to do so?