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Running Head: RITES OF PASSAGE 1 Rites of Passage Peter Oliver ANT 101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Pamela Creasy December 7, 2015
RITES OF PASSAGE 2 Rites of Passage Over the course of this paper, I will examine an aspect of my culture through an etic perspective of an outsider, and I will examine an aspect of another culture from an insider's perspective to become more familiar with the motivations behind their practices. Not only will I examine the rites of passage to death and afterlife in Japan, but I will also examine the Rite of Passage as the people of America see it. Rite of Passage is defined and celebrated in altered ways for individual cultures. Rites of passages, whether a ceremony or procedure represent a change for an individual within their given society, and can sometimes be difficult to understand. Because there is a lack of established rites of passage in America, the transition from adolescence to adulthood in not relevantly clear when it occurs. The t ransition from adolescence to adulthood and the lack of established rites of passage in America is difficult to define because this is how one is accepted in a social group, sometimes it is a cultural, physical or mental transition, and creates confusion about the roles we are expected to play as adults. Crapo (2103) defines Rite of Passage as “ 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. They symbolically dramatize how important status changes are in the eyes of society and help to maintain stability and order while society adjusts to culturally significant changes in people’s lives” (p. 159). Since significant changes vary from person to person, some of the rites of passage could be anything from childbirth, the first day of school, a 16 th birthday, or even marriage. Marriage
RITES OF PASSAGE 3 seems to be the most commonly used Rite of Passage.

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