Week 3 Discussion- Option B - Option B Rites of Passage A...

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Option B: Rites of Passage A rite of passage is a ritual that helps mark a person’s transition from one status to another. All cultures have rites of passage to mark these important transitions. With that in mind, choose a rite of passage either from the textbook (see section 6.4) or from your own research. What is the function of this rite within the particular society? The rite of passage that I chose is the puberty ritual . Our textbook provides a video of Balinese puberty rituals that are quite interesting and different from what we are used to here in America (Crapo, 2013). This rite of passage for the Bali culture requires “the girls to get six of their front teeth filed down to representing the animal nature of man” (Crapo, 2013). The “animal nature” refers to the evil within a person such as greed, malice, hatred, jealousy, envy, etc (Crapo, 2013). How do American rites of passage, such as those you have experienced personally, differ from other rites of passage (see section 6.4, Puberty Rituals)?

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