The Importance Of Rites Of Passage In Religious Society

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In many societies, there are rituals or ceremonies that indicate you are done with one part of your life, embarking into a new stage of life. The ritual may be a coming of age, circumcisions, and hair cutting in some Hindu cultures. These are called rite of passages. Rite of passages has taken place in societies since before recorded history. Rite of passages indicate your manhood or womanhood. In many religions around the world, rite of passages can determine how close you are to God and what your social status is in the religious community. It is evident that every religious community is different from one another. The views of one 's manhood and womanhood is being expected to be different from one another. Certain rite of passage may have more importance behind them than other rite of passages have. This is true of different right of passages in the same communities. The social roles in rites of passages vary in responsibility and authority as well. Social roles in many cultures and religions is a key aspect of how the community stays afloat. The …show more content…
Generally, children do not perform their confirmation. The typical age of performing Confirmation is during the teenage years. During Conformation, an individual announces they will continue to live their life for God and to fulfil the promises their parents and godparents made for them during their baptised. From then on, the bishop or priest will place their hands upon the individual 's head and will call down the Holy Spirits. The individual will then receive the Holy Spirit. Afterwards, the individual is anointed with chrism, aromatic oil that has been blessed by the bishop or priest (Park 42). Also, the individual being confirmed will chose a sponsor, typically someone who has been confirmed, and with their help they will guide the individual in their faith. Subsequently, the individual is now perceived as an official member of the churches

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