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AFRICA DEFINING RITES OF PASSAGE: rites of passage are the rituals that accompany changes of status among all the peoples of the earth. It is also called initiation rites. Types of transitions Child to adult Ignorance to knowledge Asexuality to sexuality Low to high status Profane to sacred space Ancestral realm STRUCTURE OF INITIATION RITES 1. Separation: The symbolic death of the novice. 2. Transition: In-between or liminal state. It is also the time of mystery, fear, ordeal and stress. 3. Incorporation: The acceptance of the initiate into the new position. Main Goals of Initiation 1. Physical process of transformation 2. Dramatic reinforcement of cultural and moral core values 3. The official conclusion of the educational phase and public recognition of its success. 4. Ritual of rebirthing – emergence as new adults – rebirth into the state of maturity
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2009 for the course AS&RC 205 taught by Professor Bekerie, a during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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