Rite of passage

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    anthropology of religion
    initiation ritual of boys in malawi.jpg
    initiation ritual of boys in malawi. the ritual marks the passage from child to adult male, each subgroup having its customs and expectations.
    social and cultural anthropology

    a rite of passage is a ceremony or ritual of the passage which occurs when an individual leaves one group to enter another. it involves a significant change of status in society. in cultural anthropology the term is the anglicisation of rite de passage, a french term innovated by the ethnographer arnold van gennep in his work les rites de passage, "the rites of passage".[1] the term is now fully adopted into anthropology as well as into the literature and popular cultures of many modern languages.

  • original conception
  • stages
  • psychological effects
  • cultural
  • types and examples
  • see also
  • references
  • bibliography
  • further reading
  • external links

Part of a series on
Anthropology of religion
Initiation ritual of boys in Malawi.jpg
Initiation ritual of boys in Malawi. The ritual marks the passage from child to adult male, each subgroup having its customs and expectations.
Social and cultural anthropology

A rite of passage is a ceremony or ritual of the passage which occurs when an individual leaves one group to enter another. It involves a significant change of status in society. In cultural anthropology the term is the Anglicisation of rite de passage, a French term innovated by the ethnographer Arnold van Gennep in his work Les rites de passage, "The Rites of Passage".[1] The term is now fully adopted into anthropology as well as into the literature and popular cultures of many modern languages.