Steven Foley

THE RITUAL OF OBJECT HUNTING

The ritual of object hunting starts with the compilation of various objects into a list. The list is typically unorganized and scattered about jumping from one category to the next. After the list is complete members of the ritual, ordinarily, gather other members to participate in either a couple or group ritual. After the collection of the other members, they will then decide on a mode of traveling to the location that the ritual will take place. However, there are times, depending on the person in charge of holding the ritual, that they will travel directly to the location, or even aimlessly wander until the location is decided upon.

Upon arriving at the location site, the form of traveling will then affect the next step. If the member(s) travel by foot they can immediately go to the next step. Likewise if they are traveling in a hierarchical owned form of transportation they too can proceed to the next step. But if the member(s) travel in a personally owned metallic box with disc objects at four corners they will have an added step. This step involves finding a site in a vast hard and flat field with a large amount of boxes owned by other members of this location’s ritual. Also they can’t just choose anywhere, since the elderly and wounded have storage closest to the ritual site.

A much smaller and less stable box is then located and pushed about by one member. Again, depending on the location site a circular object is to be donated into a tiny hole to allow the release of the smaller box thus allowing its use. Sometimes even the children may assume the role of pushing about the smaller contraption. Mostly though, the children experience a placebo effect in this manner since the older, adult members do the majority of the work. It is still unknown why all members of this ritual wander aimlessly throughout a large portion of mazes in between this step and the next. At points they even stop to urinate, defecate and even consume food and liquids.

The next step is collecting of the listed ritualistic objects that are the premise for the entire ritual. Again, the participating members will weave up and down, back and forth and even returning to previously visited spots to collect these items. Once all of the listed items have been collected, those members will then head back to the entrance of the maze. In the front of the maze, there will be various members formed in lines. In these lines, animosity may happen between the various groups of participating members. Sometimes it is ambiguous whether some members are ready to be in this step or not.

When the members proceed further down the lines they are eventually greeted by an important figure in the ritual. This person will observe and approve the listed collection of items. Following in that order, the participating member will then give the lead figure a variety of small paper squares, rectangles, metallic circles and even plastic. If the people came as a coven of members they may contribute various amounts of paper and metal to one person, or they may even break down the listed objects into smaller lists and submit their own sacrificial offering of squares, rectangles and circles. At this point some items on the list may or may not be removed from the list. The approved items are then all placed in sacks made of paper, plastic or cloth.

The packaged items will then be replaced and loaded back into the smaller box. The lead figure will then bless the members day for them as they make their departure out of the gigantic maze. Once outside of the maze the members will then relocate their mode of traveling. After locating their mode of travel, the members all head to their dwellings to unload the listed objects. Usually after the items are unloaded, there is a unanimous sigh that items were somehow forgotten even though there was an itemized list. A new list is then begun and hanged or placed in a designated area.

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