Great tradition

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Great tradition, little tradition. Categories introduced by the sociologist, Robert Redfield (Peasant Society and Culture, 1956) to distinguish between the major, continuing components of a religious tradition and the appropriation of them at local or village level. An example is M. E. Spiro's distinction between nibbanic Buddhism as a religion of ultimate salvation and kammatic Buddhism as a religion of proximate salvation, which, in practice, is the highest that most people can aim for.