The Rites of Passage


Author: Arnold van Gennep

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136538852

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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Van Gennep was the first observer of human behaviour to note that the ritual ceremonies that accompany the landmarks of human life differ only in detail from one culture to another, and that they are in essence universal. Originally published in English in 1960. This edition reprints the paperback edition of 1977.

Food and the Rites of Passage


Author: Laura Mason

Publisher: Prospect Books (UK)


Category: Cooking

Page: 166

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Baptism, marriage, childbirth, death: these are the milestones of life, invariably marked by a feast or comforting rituals founded on food and drink. Some of these habits flourished, then died away - think of the cups of wine passed around the gossips gathered at a lying in; others have gone on to be industries in their own right - the wedding cake, which has slowly but surely evolved from the giant flat discs of bride cake illustrated in the sensational full-colour cover of a fete in Bermondsey by Hofnagel in the seventeenth century, to the many-tiered and icing-bedaubed monuments of today. The book consists of six essays by recognised food-historians, each taking in turn one of these milestones, sometimes (but not always) with a certain north-country bias: Peter Brears writes on funerals; Dr Layinka Swinburne writes on childbirth; Laura Mason on wedding cakes; Ivan Day on old marriage customs; and Professor Tony Green on the sociology of the modern wedding celebration. There is also an overview of Irish food customs, with reference to these rites, by the well-regarded young Irish food historian, Regina Sexton.

Deeply Into the Bone

Re-Inventing Rites of Passage


Author: Ronald L. Grimes

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520236750

Category: Social Science

Page: 393

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"There is no other book even remotely like this. Deeply into the Bone is an exceptional, imaginative book on the topic of rites and the shaping of human life. Grimes is one of the few people who ably combines scholarly disciplines and perspectives with firsthand narratives, literary essays, films and observations of general culture. He is unquestionably a first-rate author and thinker, and this is an unquestionably magnificent book."—Lawrence Hoffman, author of Covenant of Blood "Deeply into the Bone is guaranteed to change our minds about ritual. Using a global and ethnic array of rites new and old, Grimes shows that contrary to popular belief, the ritual marking of life passages is anything but universal. By teaching us how to think comparatively we see that rites of passage are enduring rituals not for their uniformity, but because they serve as cornerstones for cultural and spiritual creativity and innovation."—Madeline Duntley, College of Wooster

The Rites of Passage of Jean Genet

The Art and Aesthetics of Risk Taking


Author: Gene A. Plunka

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838634615

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 357

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In this book, Gene A. Plunka argues that the most important single element that solidifies all of Genet's work is the concept of metamorphosis. Genet's plays and prose demonstrate the transition from game playing to the establishment of one's identity through a state of risk taking that develops from solitude. However, risk taking per se is not as important as the rite of passage. Anthropologist Victor Turner's work in ethnography is used as a focal point for the examination of rites of passage in Genet's dramas. Rejecting society, Genet has allied himself with peripheral groups, marginal men, and outcasts--scapegoats who lack power in society. Much of their effort is spent in revolt or direct opposition in mainstream society that sees them as objects to be abused. As an outcast or marginal man, Genet solved his problem of identity through artistic creation and metamorphosis. Likewise, Genet's protagonists are outcasts searching for positive value in a society over which they have no control; they always appear to be the victims or scapegoats. As outcasts, Genet's protagonists establish their identities by first willing their actions and being proud to do so. Unfortunately, man's sense of Being is constantly undermined by society and the way individuals react to roles, norms, and values. Roles are the products of carefully defined and codified years of positively sanctioned institutional behavior. According to Genet, role playing limits individual freedom, stifles creativity, and impedes differentiation. Genet equates role playing with stagnant bourgeois society that imitates rather than invents; the latter is a word Genet often uses to urge his protagonists into a state of productive metamorphosis. Imitation versus invention is the underlying dialectic between bourgeois society and outcasts that is omnipresent in virtually all of Genet's works. Faced with rejection, poverty, oppression, and degradation, Genet's outcasts often escape their horrible predicaments by living in a world of illusion that consists of ceremony, game playing, narcissism, sexual and secret rites, or political charades. Like children, Genet's ostracized individuals play games to imitate a world that they can not enter. Essentially, the play acting becomes catharsis for an oppressed group that is otherwise confined to the lower stratum of society. Role players and outcasts who try to find an identity through cathartic game playing never realize their potential in Genet's world. Instead, Genet is interested in outcasts who immerse themselves in solitude and create their own sense of dignity free from external control. Most important, these isolated individuals may initially play games, yet they ultimately experience metamorphosis from a world of rites, charades, and rituals to a type of "sainthood" where dignity and nobility reign. The apotheosis is achieved through a distinct act of conscious revolt designed to condemn the risk taker to a degraded life of solitude totally distinct from society's norms and values.

Rites of Passage in Ancient Greece

Literature, Religion, Society


Author: Mark William Padilla

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838754184

Category: History

Page: 312

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The twelve essays in this volume of Bucknell Review treat the topic of rites of passage in ancient Greece, focusing largely on Athenian tragedy, but also Plato, the Greek novel, the festival of Anthesteria, and other topics.

The Rites of Passage, Second Edition


Author: Arnold van Gennep

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022662952X

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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A CLASSIC WORK OF ANTHROPOLOGY—OVER SEVENTY THOUSAND COPIES SOLD With a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winner David I. Kertzer Arnold van Gennep’s masterwork, The Rites of Passage, has been a staple of anthropological education for more than a century. First published in French in 1909, and translated into English by the University of Chicago Press in 1960, this landmark book explores how the life of an individual in any society can be understood as a succession of transitions: birth, puberty, marriage, parenthood, old age, and, finally, death. Van Gennep’s great insight was discerning a common structure in each of these seemingly different transitions, involving rituals of separation, liminality, and incorporation. With compelling precision, he set out the terms that would both define twentieth-century ritual theory and become a part of our everyday lexicon. This new edition of his work demonstrates how we can still make use of its enduring critical tools to understand our own social, religious, and political worlds, and even our personal and professional lives. In his new introduction, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and anthropologist David I. Kertzer sheds new light on van Gennep, on the battles he fought, and on the huge impact the book has had since publication of the first English edition.

Rites of Passage


Author: Jean Holm,John Bowker

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781855671027

Category: Religion

Page: 188

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Rites of Passage

A Guide to the Jewish Life Cycle


Author: Ronald H. Isaacs

Publisher: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.

ISBN: 9780881254228

Category: Religion

Page: 167

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Covers the more traditional life cycle ceremonies, such as Brit milah, Pidyon haben, and Bar and bat mitzvah. also introduces some new life cycle rituals and ceremonies, such as a Simchat bat and a Jewish adoption ceremony.

Her Rite of Passage

How To Design, Develop and Deliver A Rites of Passage Program Geared for African-American Teen and Tween Girls


Author: Cassandra Mack

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 9781980392033


Page: 181

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Her Rite of Passage will provide you with helpful tips, tools and strategies to design, develop and deliver a structured rites of passage program from the ground up. Although the program is designed for African-American girls, many of the program components and features can be used as a springboard for developing a rites of passage program for young women from any culture or group. What's Included In This Book Her Rite of Passage will show you how to: - Set up a rites of passage program from design to implementation; - Facilitate and implement the rap sessions; - Get buy-in from your organization; - Recruit participants a.k.a. initiates for your program; - Recruit volunteers; - Get parents involved; - Plan and organize the initiation retreat; - Plan and organize the crossover ceremony. In addition, Her Rite of Passage will also cover: - Adolescent female development and the unique issues that impact African-American girls. - The special dynamics that occur between African-American mothers and daughters; - The impact of the father/daughter relationship on a girl's social and emotional development. Throughout these pages you will find worksheets, exercises and suggested activities to help you create a solid rites program. Her Rite of Passage provides you with a framework, but it's up to you to make your program work - even if it means making adaptations to suit the needs of your program or conducting additional research in order to become more knowledgeable about the rites of passage process.