Observing rituals from the outside objectively, they didn’t make logical sense because there is no reference to them in your world. But from the inside subjectively the rituals make sense because their reference is your own wholeness. The rituals make you whole with your society and that is their reference. Myths and ritual are that which. makes individuals part of a whole or tribe. They are alchemy in that they take the base metal of separate pieces and transmute them into a whole society.
A present day ritual is Terrorism and random mass death. Now a mapped pattern, these Terror dramas have become rituals that unite society through the stages of grief. First, denial (Oh, no this can’t be happening. then Anger, then despair, then coming together and with the resolve to be united as never before, united in the face of death. This ritual is now the universal ceremony of social unity, giving birth to our unity over and over, and making the “innocent victims” the martyrs and the spot where they bleed covered in flowers.
The ritual has two faces: because the “terrorists” also get unity through blood sacrifice that unites them under their single Idea of the ONE. So each side of the blood you have sacrifice to a larger whole: on the terrorist side, the sacrifice of intentional martyrs; on the other side the sacrifice of unintentional martyrs. But both sacrifice to a greater whole.
Neither side of this terrible equation can see the ritual and myth is what is happening. Each side is inside their myth/ritual. Each side views the other as evil, yet it is a mirror, so both sides get the same benefit from the ritual slaughter on both sides.