The Rites of Passage
Birth, puberty, marriage, and death are, in all cultures, marked by ceremonies which may differ but are universal in function. Arnold van Gennep (1873-1957) was the first anthropologist to note the regularity and significance of the rituals attached to the transitional stages in man's life, and his phrase for these, "the rites of passage," has become a part of the language of anthropology and sociology.
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Africa age group Ainu animistic Arnold van Gennep Australia betrothal birth bride bride price cere child childbirth childhood circumcision cited clan classiﬁcation consecration Crawley dead death deceased deﬁned deity difﬁcult door dynamistic E. B. Tylor father feast ﬁnal ﬁnally ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬁve Frazer Gennep gifts girl girl’s Golden Bough hair Hartland husband idea impure Indians individual inﬂuence interpretation London Madagascar magic magico-religious man’s marriage marriage ceremonies Moslems mother Mystic Rose novice novitiate one’s Osiris Ostyak Ouargla Paris performed person pertaining pregnancy priest Primitive profane puberty puriﬁcation rebirth Reinach relation religious Revue de l’histoire rites of incorporation rites of initiation rites of passage rites of separation ritual sacred world sacriﬁce secret societies semicivilized series of rites sex group sexual signiﬁcance Silent Trade sometimes soul speciﬁc stranger taboos theory Threshold Covenant tion totem transitional period tribe village woman women young