The Rites of Passage

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 22, 2011 - Social Science - 224 pages
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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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Contents

I The Classification of Rites
1
II The Territorial Passage
15
III Individuals and Groups
26
IV Pregnancy and Childbirth
41
V Birth and Childhood
50
VI Initiation Rites
65
VII Betrothal and Marriage
116
VIII Funerals
146
IX Other Types of Rites of Passage
166
X Conclusions
189
Index
195
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