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What are essential parts of a Solidarity Service?

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In Chapter 5, Bernard Marx attends a Solidarity Service -- he is required to go to one every other week.  He participates in all of the parts of the service, but does not really feel the same sense of fulfillment from it that others do.  The essential parts of the service are:

  • Drinking soma twelve times -- "I drink to my annihilation."
  • Singing hymns -- the lyrics emphasize how the individuals are not important -- they are part of a greater whole.
  • There are three hymns, with soma drunk in between.
  • They feel, or pretend to feel, the presence of the "Greater Being"
  • They do a dance while beating time on the buttocks of the people in front of them
  • And they apparently have an orgy.

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