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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

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.
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I found The Rite of Passage to be an attractive verse having sweeping appeal.
Rite Of Passage missed his intended prep run in the recent Saval Beg at Leopardstown and the prospect of fast round today is a major concern to his trainer.
Weld said he would also run Rite Of Passage in the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day if things went smoothly this summer.
The rite of passage that encompasses pregnancy runs parallel to the rite of passage of the developing child.
Rite Of Passage showed very smart form over the smaller obstacles last season, finishing third to Peddlers Cross and Reve De Sivola in the Neptune Management Investment Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
"I was interested to hear Dermot Weld say that he thought he had taken Rite Of Passage to the wrong race at Cheltenham and that the Supreme Novices should have been the option.
The latter was brave having taken up the running on the turn forhomein the big race, but Rite Of Passage wore him down to score by a neck in course-record time.
Rite Of Passage was in action last when third in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
The latter was brave having taken up the running on the turn for home, but Rite Of Passage wore him down to score by a neck in a course record time.
[2] Rite of Passage. When scholars discuss ritual, they frequently focus on the rite of passage as the means by which many rituals are structured.
Both A Long Way Gone and Little Soldier represent and test a common social assumption: that war can serve as a rite of passage to maturity and can accelerate the transition from childhood to adulthood.
If these rite of passage theories are critized today, it is because of their weak relationship to empirical and material evidence, or even the total absence of such.