Religion Studies - 1 Please describe the elements that all...

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1. Please describe the elements that all initiation rites have in common, referencing Arnold van Gennep and Victor Turner. What contribution does Sam Gill add to this with his research? Be sure to include specific information from the Gill reading. Rites of passage can be defined as the rites which accompany every change of place, state, social position, and age. Van Gennep believes that are three stages of initiation rites: separation, transition, and re-aggregation. In the separation stage, the initiate is removed from the rest of the community. In the transition stage, the initiate leaves the community until the rites are complete. Finally, in the re-aggregation stage, the initiate re-joins the community. In a similar matter, Victor Turner agrees with Van Gennep. However, he emphasized on van Gennep’s transition stage. In saying that, he emphasizes on the ideas of liminality, in which states that individuals are “betwixt and between” and the idea of communitas , which is a group of beings sharing a common bond forged through the shared experience. Lastly, Sam Gill emphasizes that the concept of disenchantment, which is the freedom from enchantment, illusion, or a false belief, is strategically used in religious rites of passage. For example, in the ritual theory of the Hopi, the Kachinas are not really gods, but only relatives of the initiates. 2. Describe Purity Balls and explain their function within their own religious community. Also, discuss how this ritual fulfills the four functions of ritual and explain how this ritual or does not include the classic elements of initiation rites. A purity ball is a formal ball attended by fathers and their daughters. Purity balls typically
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2011 for the course RELIGION 1101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Georgia State.

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