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A Discussion on Liminality in the Religious Sense Victor Turner brought back the ideas of liminality, communitas, and structure to the anthropological lexicon. These ideas are captured by societies and their, usually conservative, traditions, whether it is a religious event (Bar Mitzvah), a biological marking, or a cultural stage. These rites of passage mark important transitions in one’s and societies life and are defining for one's personal identity in such society. One can find liminal stages within self-debate on an idea/identity and societal rituals. Ultimately, Turner helps define one’s lack of an identity and how it may change due to rites of passage or remain forever liminal. In my case, I found my identity with religion to be ambiguous for half of my life, my parents never really introduced me to religion or the concept of god because my father was a self-avowed atheist and my mother a crypto-agnostic - she never fully agreed in atheism and always liked a little faith. This left me ignorant about the vast traditions and experiences with religion, I never quite understood what going to church really meant. It was interesting to say at least that I always thought that something was up there, but I was not quite sure (and I was not quite sure if I believed that either.). If I was asked 8 years ago, “Do you believe in god?”, I would probably give a very ambiguous answer. Then, one of my friends got into a deep conversation on the topic of religion, usually starting with “Where do you go to church?”. I always shily respond “I don’t” to those types of questions, as if I was committing some sin, but he had pressured me further on my beliefs. After the conversation he proceeded to tell many

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