This hasn't got anything to do with "knowledge", it was simply my impression. But I give you that, it probably appeared ridiculous to me because I am not used to see such behaviour, in contrary f.e. to people who eat communion bread as a symbol of "transubstantiation" etc. No big difference in fact - if you regard it from an atheist's point of view ;-)
PS I never said that I do not know anything about religions, I wrote that I do not believe in any which is a major difference. The idea of all religious rituals, liturgies and repetitions is IMHO & without intending to be offensive clearly to put its followers in a state of uncritical perception toward everything the religion (and/or its representatives) asserts or demands. Though I am not religious, I find that not only ridiculous, but also frightening; on the other hand, I do not deny that such state of mind might indeed be the intention of many who participate in such rituals and/or might even satisfy many amongst them.
It's a big, diverse world, isn't it?