Besides the public rites there were a series of holidays and customs celebrated privately.
One such feature was the system of private penitence, which replaced the former practice of penance as a public rite.
(1) The Śrautasūtras texts deal with the correct performance of the solemn or public rites.
The public rites are believed to be the older of the two.
Many of their public rites involve singing, dancing, chanting and drumming.
Though famous for his learning, he seldom took part in public rites.
Participation in public rites showed a personal commitment to their community and its values.
The scene changes to a public rite of human sacrifice to the god Perun.
The place for the thing was often also the place for public religious rites and for commerce.