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Henry Ross AS&RC 205 Article Review Initiation – The Ritual of Being Born Again Source: Muller and Ritz-Muller Soul of Africa Cologne: Konemann, 2000, pp. 40-49 The article Initiation – The Ritual of Being Born Again discusses the initiation process carried out by many rural African communities when adolescents, boys or girls, are about to make the transition into adulthood. Adults play important roles in these societies and are relied upon to carry out duties and fulfill responsibilities. A main responsibility and duty the adults hold within these societies is to educate the children. Once the children become educated, a process of initiation will occur to simply mark the change in status from child to adult. The strengths of this article are surfaced around the argument that the initiation process is essential in order for these African communities to function. Puberty enables both sexes to be fertile and allows for reproduction, which is particularly important when considering continuing a community. It is said that, “puberty secures the biological existence of the group” by giving boys and girls the abilities for reproduction (40). To strengthen the argument, the article explains that too much of the future of the
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2009 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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