What is the significance of location in ceremonies?
Ceremonies can happen anywhere. An intentionally chosen location, however, can heighten the impact of an already momentous event or lend gravity to an event that might otherwise seem insignificant. Sometimes the site chosen for a particular rite or ritual has historic significance, sometimes religious. Sometimes it is a structure created for the precise purpose of demonstrating a leader’s strength and resources or overwhelming an audience through its enormity, costly materials, and visual opulence. Throughout history, rulers from different parts of the world have recognized that the backdrops for ceremonies can often be as effective in communicating power as the ceremonies themselves.