Rites of Passage Essay

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Rites of Passage Charissa Wright ANT 101 Instructor Kelley Sams September 15, 2013 Around the world in many different cultures have a Rites of Passage. Rites of passage are ceremonies such as christenings, puberty rituals, marriages, and funerals, which groups hold whenever a member of society undergoes an important change in status within the lifecycle of the group. While I am going to give and explain the different rites of passage in the Japanese, Italian, and African cultures I want you all sit back and use your imagination and maybe even picture yourself doing these different types of rituals. The Japanese has rituals that many people would not have thought of. In some instances, shortly after the birth of an infant, the child is presented at a Shinto for a blessing. There are designated days for this event to occur. According to their culture, the Japanese worship ancestors and inanimate objects. The “Coming of Age Day” is also celebrated in this culture. Japanese culture has it that when individuals turns20, they are considered legal adults. The Japanese culture is strict and often holds its citizens to high moral standards. Their values and standards are high but usually yield great citizens. The rights of passage for the Japanese culture makes sure people are ready to enter adulthood. Then there are the rites of passage in Italy. Everyday in Italy people are celebrating. It is a known fact that the Italians are highly sociable. Wherever Italians gather, whatever festivity is going on, one can almost count on the fact that Italians are eating special dishes associated with the day (Field, 2010). A rite of passage that the Italians do especially in southern Italy is that the neighborhood women traditionally give the new mother a bowl of pigeon soup. The broth, nutritious and easily digested, was believed to have helped bring

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