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Running Head: RITES OF PASSAGE1Rites of Passage Around the WorldANT101: Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyDaniel BigmanMarch 30, 2015Rites of Passage Around the World
RITES OF PASSAGE2PART IEvery human is born into a different cultural society. Many of these societies have rites ofpassages into different stages of their lives, “Ceremonies such as christenings, puberty rituals, marriages, and funerals, which we hold whenever a member of society undergoes an important change in status, within the lifecycle of the group, are considered rites of passage” (Carpo, 2013). Each culture has their own way of practicing these rituals with only some similarities tying them to other culturesIn this section I will be describing American rites of passage from an etic perspective, or an outsider’s perspective. The first right of passage in most American societies is pregnancy and birth. Pregnancy isbelieved to be a result of intercourse between a man and women, the sperm fertilizes an egg and starts the process of growing a fetus inside of a woman. Christians also believe that a womans fertility is cause by the rice throwing at the end of a wedding. Pregnancy rituals are practiced to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy for both mother and child. Many mothers go to the doctor for advice on what to and not to do during pregnancy. This is all to make sure the baby grows properly without any health problems after birth. They give up drinking, (which is known for causing low birth weight and fetal alcohol syndrome), smoking, (known for causing low birth weight), eating certain foods, (certain sea food contains