The Rites of Passage
Van Gennep was the first observer of human behaviour to note that the ritual ceremonies that accompany the landmarks of human life differ only in detail from one culture to another, and that they are in essence universal.
Originally published in English in 1960. This edition reprints the paperback edition of 1977.
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Review: The Rites of PassageUser Review - Eric - Goodreads
Very important anthropology text. Today really just the introduction and conclusion are required reading to understand the basic ideas. The rest of the text just supplies innumerable examples of the ... Read full review
Review: The Rites of PassageUser Review - Ellen - Goodreads
Classic. Very important foundation for anthropological study. Probably dry if you're not passionate about anthropology, but the parts about bestiality would add a splash of interest for anyone - either for humour or an interest in people. Read full review