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date: 03 August 2020

rites of passage 

The Oxford Classical Dictionary
Jan N. BremmerJan N. Bremmer

is the term first used by A. van Gennep in his classic study The Rites of Passage (1960; 1st Fr. edn. 1909) for mainly those rituals which dramatize passages in the life-cycle and the calendar. According to Van Gennep, these rites were characterized by a separation from the old status, a liminal phase ‘betwixt and between’, and the incorporation into the new condition. More importantly, an analysis of these rituals shows which transitions were deemed important, which parts of these transitions, which symbols were used, and what they signify.... ...

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