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    A rite of passage is a ceremony that represents the transition of a person’s life from one stage to another. In everyday life, a rite of passage can be a graduation ceremony, a job promotion, or even a divorce! Four of the most common rites of passage in relations to religion is birth, puberty, marriage, and death. In basic religions such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, those rites act as a spiritual guide for living a religious life and reinforces the values of their culture. It is important that these milestones be celebrated because they mark achievements or turning points in a person’s lifetime. For example, when a baby is born there is a ceremony to “welcome” the child to life. For Christians, they hold a baptism or christening. Judaism has similarity to baptisms from the Christian religion, but they also circumcise their sons as a ritual of purity. It is practiced by Jews, Muslims, and some Christians. When a child enters puberty, it is considered a rite of passage because it indicates…

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    Two approaches that have shaped my thinking are rites of passage and trickster. Rite of passage tales deal with major transitions in life, including birth, puberty, marriage, and death. In order to complete these transitions, a person must first be separated from the past and face a series of challenges before they can finally be reintroduced into society in their new form. Identifying the separation, ordeal, and reintegration stages allows one to determine the when the journey began and was…

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    Question A: The transition from childhood to adulthood is a very important step in the life of a human being. It marks the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. Today, I will be reminiscing the rite of passage of a friend who transitioned from childhood to adulthood. The rite of passage that I witnessed was a Quinceanera, a Quinceanera is a coming of age celebration/ceremony that symbolizes a girls transition from childhood to adulthood/womanhood. The event started with a mass, although I…

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    Rites of passage can be a large part of many cultures and vary all over the world. The rituals followed mark important times in an individual’s life in various different ways which they transcend from one status to another. The first culture’s ritual I’ve chosen to study is African tribal coming of age, being as rites of passage are extremely critical to them. Each rite of passage helps by placing someone in their title in the community and setting their social and or spiritual position. The…

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    “Rites of Passage” by Arnold Van Gennep is highly recommended for anyone interested in studying anthropology. Van Gennep effectively explains and demonstrates his theory of Rites of Passage but, at times, confuses the reader by bringing up many examples without going into further detail about how the example relates to his theory. Despite this flaw, many anthropologists consider his work foundational because of his declaration of a human universality. Van Gennep’s theory on how rites of…

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    When I was a baby my mother took me in to get baptized at our local Catholic church to welcome me into the Catholic faith. I wore the little poufy white dress with frilled white socks and the white shoes. My hair was done up in a white bow and wearing a small gold rosary. I was the symbol of purity. Years later when I reached the age of seven, I was beginning my rite of passage of my First Holy Communion. I grew up in a Catholic household continuously going to Catholic Mass every Sunday at one…

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    Getting a permit or a lisence can be a very momentous day for many Americas. It is one step to becoming more independent, and not having to rely on your parents to get you to the places you need to be. It is a very freeing experience. A 16th birthday can be a right of passage for some. You celebrate the big 16 and it is a time where people start becoming recognised as a grown up and you become more independent. Going to Prom is a really big thing for most Americans. It’s a time to…

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    Ngomba and Ramisoanala both begin their rites of passage as incomplete. The storyteller emphasizes the importance of appearance for both girls in the stories. As they begin their rites of passage they are imperfect, Ngomba has sores throughout her body and Ramisoanala has no eyes or skin. The only way for these girls to undergo a change into adulthood is for their outer appearance to be restored to beauty. In these cultures, woman undergo a different process to reach adulthood than men. Their…

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    According to the text, the phrase “rites of passage” is used to describe the “formal similarities in the ritual that move a person from one status to another” (Heider, 2007, p 351). By studying this concept, anthropologists can identify the types of transitions, both individual and cyclical, that initiate this type of passage. Likewise, they can determine how different cultures and religions define a rite of passages, whether it is clearly or vaguely defined, and how the celebrations surrounding…

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    Of the many different influential experiences I have had over the past years, the one that stands out to me the most as a true rite of passage was starting my first job as a lifeguard at Nassau Country Club. It taught me lessons like the true meaning of hard work, the the value of a day's pay and most of all, what it means to have someone's life in one's hands. These lessons were given to me through my own experiences, as well as by my boss, Dr. Dan Cavallo D.O, one of the hardest working men I…

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