Wk 5B Ritual Rites of Passage

Wk 5B Ritual Rites of Passage - Transition (liminal stage)...

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Wk 5B Ritual Key Words: Rites of Passage Victor Turner Liminality
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Rites of Passage Times when society seeks to make the individual more fully its own, weaving group values and understanding into private psyche Way to announce changes in an individual’s status or identity in relation to the group Way to accomplish this:Manipulations of human body Inscription of societies designs on body of initiate Modification of ‘animal-like” characteristics: shave canine teeth in Bali before man or woman marries Africa: initiate injests powder of foreskins of previous initiates , incorporating in his body the vitality of his forebears
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Coming of Age: Joining the Social Order Victor Turner suggests three phases in rite of passage -- ritual for transition: Separation from an existing identity
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Unformatted text preview: Transition (liminal stage) Reintegration to society with new status The Bride at a Wedding Wedding of Sahura Symbolic elements of Ritual of Separation: Court had been cleaned for the occasion Bride sits in state in her wedding finery awaiting the groom on the day before the wedding; dressed in white Bride is tattooed and/or hennaed on her face and hands; wears newly bought gold jewels as part of her dowry Bride fasts until after the wedding (purifies her body) Groom comes to escort the bride to his home for the wedding Women keen and wail as the bride crosses the threshhold of her parents home never to return again as a daughter Men and boys make noise and fire rifle shots as car takes bride to her new home...
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Wk 5B Ritual Rites of Passage - Transition (liminal stage)...

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