Rite of Passage Essay

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Rites of Passage There are many milestones we chose to celebrate throughout our lives. All cultures have rites of passage, whether it’s a birth, coming of age, marriage, or death. People mark these passages by having ceremonies to celebrate the changes in life. One major rite of passage within our life cycle is the transition from adolescence to adulthood. In some cultures they hold rituals, ceremonies, or events to celebrate one becoming a man or woman. The Jewish and Navajo are two specific cultures that approach the rite of passage into adulthood. The Jewish have a ceremony called a Bar Mitzvah/Bat Mitzvah, while the Navajo hold a Kinaalda/puberty ceremony. Rites of Passage “Symbolically dramatize how important status changes are in the eyes of society and help to maintain stability and order while society adjusts to culturally significant changes in people's lives. The acquisition of a new status calls for the successful adoption of a new set of roles by the person who is moving into the new phase of life.” (Crapo, R.H. 2013). The celebrating of rituals helps to enhance and show the benefits of adulthood and the positive change that occurs which could greatly increase an adolescent’s appreciation of themselves. I think coming of age ceremonies should be celebrated in all cultures to help with the transition from adolescent into adulthood. The Jewish culture holds a ceremony called a Bar Mitzvah for boys, and a Bat Mitzvah for girls. These ceremonies celebrate their coming into adulthood. Boys are usually thirteen and girls are usually twelve years of age when this rite of passage occurs. Traditions can differ from one denomination to another, and some traditional congregations don’t allow girls to take part in any ceremony. “Girls do not wear male regalia such as prayer shawls or kippot, and they do not read from or share

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