Opinion David Robbins

Friday 20 April 2018

Putting on a Holy show is part of our country's culture

What would Desmond Morris, the late, great social anthropologist, have made of the Irish Holy Communion season? The man was a master at decoding social rituals, and the first three weeks in May on the sainted isle would have provided him with rich territory.

The author of The Naked Ape (and owner of one of the most spectacular comb-over hairstyles outside south Kerry) never turned his gaze on the rituals of the Roman Catholic Church, which leaves the field open for me to tackle the semiotics of the First Holy Communion.

My own Communion was, in memory at least, a low-key affair. There is a surviving photograph of me and my parents in the school yard. My father is in a dark suit with narrow-legged trousers.

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