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rite of passage

n. pl. rites of passage
A ritual or ceremony signifying an event in a person's life indicative of a transition from one stage to another, as from adolescence to adulthood.

rites of passage

Rituals which accompany the passage of an individual from one social status to another, e.g. the transition from adolescence to full adulthood.
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Two classic anthropologists, Arnold van Gennep and Victor Turner, have studied rites of passage and liminal experiences.
The "gap" is G.'s way of describing divine transcendence and human alienation, but also of indicating the separation that marks the first movement in rites of passage. Through the sacraments we are invited to participate "in the action which overcomes the distance between ourselves and our world and the true source--the essential source--of our identity as human beings" (32).
Whether it's the first time at small school, or the first time at big school (11 year olds just love it when you call it that), or indeed the looming of leaving home to drink cider and nick traffic cones at uni, how do you deal with these rites of passage?
In most cultures there are specific rites of passage related to birth, coming of age, marriage, death, and graduation from some form of educational experience to name a few examples.
Rites of passage show anthropologists what social hierarchies, values and beliefs are important in specific cultures.
Rites of Passage: How Today's Jews Celebrate, Commemorate, and Commiserate: Proceedings of the Twenty-first Annual Symposium of the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization-Harris Center for Judaic Studies, October 26-27, 2008, edited by Leonard J.
Rites of passage, first defined in 1909 by the French anthropologist Arnold van Gennep, refer to culturally sanctioned rituals individuals perform to denote and encourage their transition from one stage of life to another.
Rites of passage; how today's Jews celebrate, commemorate, and commiserate; proceedings.
If the threshold highlights the distinction--the difference--between things, rites of passage must resolve its crossing and make the unification of opposing entities possible (Bourdieu 1980: 374).
"Living Passages for the Whole Family: Celebrating Rites of Passage from Birth to Adulthood" is a year by year examination of peoples' traditional rites of passage such as birthdays, bar'mitzvahs and secular versions of festivals such as that.
Speaking at the opening of Rites of Passage, Herklas Viljoen described Silke's work as "honest and uncompromising" and praised it for dealing with a timely and important issue.
To provide customers and hair professionals alike with pertinent information about the hairstyle, Hatchett started The Rites of Passage Loctician Training Program, in 1996, as a six-month training course with a built-in book dub component.