Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage - passage in which the person or persons...

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Rituals and Rites of Passage
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Ritual A repetitive social practice involving symbols. Set off from from everyday routine. Follows the pattern of a culturally defined schema. Often connected to ideas that are encoded in myth.
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Examples of Ritual Thanksgiving. Easter Nag Panchami
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Ritual as Action Civil Rights activism as a ritual Ritual as political protest
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Mahatma Gandhi Rituals of rebellion: Satyagraha – militant nonviolence. Swadeshi – ritualized spining to symbolize independence and freedom. Fasting – ritualized “starvation” as political action
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Rites of passage Separation – symbolic break with previous social status Transition – condition of having no social status Reintegration – incorporation into a new social status.
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Liminality The ambiguous transitional state in a rite of
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Unformatted text preview: passage in which the person or persons undergoing the ritual are outside their ordinary social position Examples of Rites of Passage Examples of Rites of Passage • Annual check-up • Shamanic Healing • Rasayana rejuvination • College • Sports Victor Turner • Structure and Anti-Structure • Rituals establish new structural relationships by first breaking down old structures through ritualized communitas. Communitas • A feeling of intense affinity with other people who have gone through the same process of ritual initiation. • A feeling of social solidarity that emerges out of ritualized disorder and anti-structure The Ritual of Holi in North India Spring festival Ritualized anti-structure Communitas in the context of a very hierarchical social structure...
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2008 for the course ANTH 0780 taught by Professor Sanabria during the Spring '07 term at Pittsburgh.

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