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Theories and Patterns a. Van Gennep and the three stages of Greek Initiation ritual i. “coming of age” myths 1. Express anxiety about sex, marriage, change of life, etc ii. 3 stages 1. Separation a. Separate from homeland, family, etc. 2. Liminality a. Go to a strange place (geographically, psychologically, etc.) i. Forest, beach, etc. b. Go through transformation 3. Reintegration a. Reintegrate into society, usually as a wife b. Come back as a changed person b. Withdrawal and Return i. Steps 1. Protagonist experiences personal loss or has some sort of quarrel with someone or a group of people 2. Protagonist calls down curses on social unit and withdraws from social unit in anger 3. Social unit suffers loss during absence of withdrawn figure a. Absence of figure sometimes involves disguise b. While absent, figure is offered hospitality of some kind 4. An embassy is sent to protagonist to offer restitution. The offer is first refused but then accepted a. Figure is recognized or reveals him/herself
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course MYTH 215 taught by Professor Larson during the Fall '08 term at Bucknell.

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