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Rites of Passage: American, African, South American CulturesKenya:Initiation between ages 14-16 for both genders (boys & girls). Secluded from each other and society from 4-24 weeks. Paint themselves with white clay and charcoal, so they appear as wild creatures. Secret knowledge passed on by the same sex elders South America:For girls, passage into womanhood begins at the start ofmenstruation. Rites of Passage lasts from 4-12 weeks. Secluded in a small room within the familyabodeRemains in seclusion two extra days and paints body in black paint to protect from demons. Seclusion ends on day 3, she returns to society where festivities begin, including dancing until dawn.North America:High school education begins. Four years of instruction by trained adults.Socialization with peers happens during leisure time, and is importantDriving learners permit at 16. Sweet 16 party. Prom the last year of high school, as well as senior trip. Driver’s license at 18Graduation ceremony Similarities: Isolation/ time spent away from others Knowledge passed on (by trainedinstructors or elders)Ceremonies for ending

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