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I.5.7.1 Priest


Priests are usually the full- time male specialists who officiate at public events. They enjoy a very high status in the community. Priesthood is a manifestation of developed religion. But it can also found in the relatively ordered primitive societies where cultures are rich and complex.people respect them as they possess the power to reach the gods and goddesses. The priests are also found to organize and maintain some permanent cults. A priest may have mana, but this power lies with the office which he holds and not with him directly as that of a shaman. Succession of the office is hereditary.

The priests have to work in a rigorous structured hierarchy, fixed in a firm set of tradition. Agricultural or pastoral communities that exhibit political integration beyond the community include either Sorcerer or Witch doctor or Medium along with Priest and Shaman.

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