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Running Head: RITES OF PASSAGERites of Passage from Two Different World’sLenard BaxterANT 101: Introduction to cultural Anthropology (GSF1638C)Catherine WhiteOctober 20, 2016
RITES OF PASSAGEWhy do we have rites of passage? Well, research shows that all cultures mark or spotlighttransitions in the life stages for their respective people. These cycles are usually celebrated in a ceremonial fashion by tradition or religion meant to separate a specific group. Some rituals are more brutal than others. Some examples are, how a Masaai warrior has to single-handedly kill a lion, or some cultures tattoo and or brand the body. There are even cultures that use mutilation after obtaining milestones in age. Some rites of passage are more familiar to us, like Latin American Quinceanera’s, or Jewish Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah’s. Our textbook states, “ceremonies such as christenings, puberty rituals, marriages, and funerals, which we hold whenever a member of society undergoes an important change status, within the lifecycle of the group, are considered rites of passage” (Crapo, 2013). Clearly, rites of passage are an important part of tradition and identity from a universally cultural standpoint. But as they symbolized the transition from childhood to adulthood, do they really create a sense of personhood too within the family and community? This paper will dive into the rites of passage of Americans from an etic perspective and then the Japanese culture regarding family death from an emic perspective. PART IOur American women have arguably the most empowering rite of passage; the rite of birth. Childbirth is the entrance of the mother into a new world. One of eternal motherhood. In the “Motherhood as a Rite of Passage” web article, Rajneesh Look was quoted as saying, “the moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” (McCabe, 2015). The American culture to this day still has several pregnancy rituals passed on. For instance, prior to the birth of
RITES OF PASSAGEmy last son my sought a medical establishment that still facilitated the use of the midwife. Also

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