The present thesis investigates rituals of adolescents in the religiously non-affiliated East Germany. Recent findings report that young East Germans perform religious rituals. However, they do not provide insights into functions of or religious experience during these rituals. For the present research, two empirical studies were conducted: Firstly, N = 23 adolescents were interviewed. Subsequently, N = 410 youths were surveyed in a quantitative study. Central results show that adolescents make religious experience during rituals while perceiving a connection to a superhuman power. Moreover, religious rituals differ from non-religious rituals in self-reflecting, identityforming and emotion-regulative processes, while the latter are influenced by the emotional character of the superhuman power.