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Running Head Rites of PassageRites of Passage Around the WorldNa-Sha RobersonANT101: Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyInstructor: Dr. Katie BojakowskiMay 15, 2017
Rites of Passage2Rites of Passage Around the WorldWhy 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 IEvery human is born into a different cultural society. Many of these societies have rites ofpassages into different stages of their lives, “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” (Carpo,
Rites of Passage32013). Each culture has their own way of practicing these rituals with only some similarities tying them to other culturesIn this section, I will be describing American rites of passage from an etic perspective, or an outsider’s perspective.

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