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rite of passage

, rite de passage
a ceremony performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes his status, as at puberty and marriage
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rite of passage

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rite de passage

the ceremony and RITUAL which may accompany the changes of STATUS that occur in the course of the life cycle, e.g. the MARRIAGE ceremony, or in present-day Britain, 18th-birthday parties. Such ceremonies are a way of drawing attention to changes in status and social identity; they are also a way of managing the tensions such changes may involve, e.g. the amalgamation of two families. An alternative term for such ritual is status passage. See also LIMINALITY, RITUAL.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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Initiation rites involve the construction and definition of gender roles and identities (Kangwa 2011: 21; Siachitema 2013; 22; Jules-Rosette 1980: 390), and they can be either "life-giving" of "life-denying" to women (Kangwa 2011; 21).
Hazing refers to any physical or psychological suffering, harm or injury inflicted on a recruit, member, neophyte or applicant as a form of an initiation rite or practice made as a prerequisite for admission or a requirement for continuing membership in a fraternity, sorority or organization including, but not limited to, paddling, whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity, which is likely to adversely affect the physical and psychological health of such recruit, member, neophyte or applicant.
This would be followed by an initiation rite where the aspirant would be blindfolded and receive blows in the back of the thigh with a wooden paddle.
Indeed, the descriptions focus on the sexual initiation in adolescence as well as senior/older women either leading the initiation rites or at OMM (Organizagao da Mulher Mogambicana, the national women's organization).
One soldier, Dafna, described these prolonged initiation rites: "Five of us girls joined a new company--this was the first time girls served there.
Moore writes in an introductory essay, these new fraternal orders gave lessons in "physical toughness, humor, and appropriate demeanor under stress" through the comic shocks and torture deployed in their initiation rites. And thus the seemingly inessential wasn't so inessential after all.
Following the introduction where Bonnemere presents a thorough literature review, contextualizes prevalent issues within the field and draws analogies to similar gaps in ethnographic work on other aboriginal groups, contributors enter into discussions centred on initiation rites, bachelor cults and female spirit cults - the three main types of male ritual.
Although in my own teaching of Christian initiation rites I will be inclined to use the second volume more than the first, students and teachers alike will find both volumes to be helpful introductions to baptismal rite and theology.
All children had to go through initiation rites. When a boy was about 10 years old, he went to live with his mother's brother.
Although the habit probably originated with initiation rites, it suited the vanity of Greek athletes--Narcissuses all, who paraded themselves like peacocks for the crowds in the Olympic Stadium.
I have a great interest in tribal initiation rites as well as Amazonian natural history.

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