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Rituals

Thursdays 8.30pm

Show Synopsis

In every culture, our rituals reveal what it means to be human. They allow us to express our identity, join us together and help us navigate through life. This epic and visually stunning series uses cinematic filming techniques to immerse viewers in incredible rituals from cultures across the globe, from the cities of Japan to the jungles of New Guinea.

These impressive rituals are both unique and universal, touching on moments that we all experience – from birth and death to marriage and funerals – yet celebrate in surprisingly different ways. Find out how the Brazilian Kayapo tribe paint their babies to protect them from evil spirits, see the powerful death ceremonies of the Indonesian Toraja, and learn how Chinese Long Horn Miao teenagers find love through ritual and song.

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About the show

The series reveals how ancient rituals bring communities together, and the extreme personal sacrifices people make to honour them. From the brutal initiation trials of India’s Jain nuns and the Kaningara tribe’s crocodile-scarring rituals to Japan’s joyous Otou Matsuri fire festival, find out how so many rituals are driven by the desire to belong.

Our rituals are constantly evolving to meet our modern needs. In Senegal, wrestlers use charms and potions to help them win big money fights, while in Nevada 70,000 people gather to be part of a new mass healing ritual of the Temple at Burning Man – first performed in 2000.

From the familiar to the previously unseen, Rituals captures the human race’s most remarkable stories, revealing in breathtaking detail the extraordinary, extreme and epic rituals that connect us all.

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Episode 2, Series 1

Thursday October 24 at 8:30pm

Initiation

Episode 2 | Series 1

Discover powerful initiation rituals from around the world including a brutal skin cutting ritual in Papua New Guinea, where boys become men.

Episode 2, Series 1

Friday October 25 at 2:20am

Initiation

Episode 2 | Series 1

Discover powerful initiation rituals from around the world including a brutal skin cutting ritual in Papua New Guinea, where boys become men.

Episode 2, Series 1

Friday October 25 at 2:00pm

Initiation

Episode 2 | Series 1

Discover powerful initiation rituals from around the world including a brutal skin cutting ritual in Papua New Guinea, where boys become men.

Episode 2, Series 1

Saturday October 26 at 9:50pm

Initiation

Episode 2 | Series 1

Discover powerful initiation rituals from around the world including a brutal skin cutting ritual in Papua New Guinea, where boys become men.

Episode 3, Series 1

Thursday October 31 at 8:30pm

Power Of Nature

Episode 3 | Series 1

An Inuit by must shoot a seal on sea ice in his rite of passage to become a hunter and Aboriginal ceremonies pass on respect for fire as we see how rituals help us honour the power…

Episode 3, Series 1

Friday November 1 at 2:20am

Power Of Nature

Episode 3 | Series 1

An Inuit by must shoot a seal on sea ice in his rite of passage to become a hunter and Aboriginal ceremonies pass on respect for fire as we see how rituals help us honour the power…

Episode 3, Series 1

Friday November 1 at 12:45pm

Power Of Nature

Episode 3 | Series 1

An Inuit by must shoot a seal on sea ice in his rite of passage to become a hunter and Aboriginal ceremonies pass on respect for fire as we see how rituals help us honour the power…

Episode 3, Series 1

Saturday November 2 at 9:45pm

Power Of Nature

Episode 3 | Series 1

An Inuit by must shoot a seal on sea ice in his rite of passage to become a hunter and Aboriginal ceremonies pass on respect for fire as we see how rituals help us honour the power…

Episode 4, Series 1

Thursday November 7 at 8:30pm

Great Gatherings

Episode 4 | Series 1

Great gatherings on Earth are rituals. Visit the desert, where Burning Man's new rituals fulfil a desire to belong and Japan, where 2,000 men perform a chaotic fire ritual to be renewed…

Episode 4, Series 1

Friday November 8 at 2:00am

Great Gatherings

Episode 4 | Series 1

Great gatherings on Earth are rituals. Visit the desert, where Burning Man's new rituals fulfil a desire to belong and Japan, where 2,000 men perform a chaotic fire ritual to be renewed…

Episode 4, Series 1

Friday November 8 at 12:35pm

Great Gatherings

Episode 4 | Series 1

Great gatherings on Earth are rituals. Visit the desert, where Burning Man's new rituals fulfil a desire to belong and Japan, where 2,000 men perform a chaotic fire ritual to be renewed…

Episode 4, Series 1

Saturday November 9 at 9:35pm

Great Gatherings

Episode 4 | Series 1

Great gatherings on Earth are rituals. Visit the desert, where Burning Man's new rituals fulfil a desire to belong and Japan, where 2,000 men perform a chaotic fire ritual to be renewed…

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