The Rites of Passage

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Psychology Press, Feb 26, 2004 - Social Science - 198 pages
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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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Contents

The Classification of Rites
1
The Territorial Passage
15
Individuals and Groups
26
Pregnancy and Childbirth
41
Birth and Childhood
50
Initiation Rites
65
Betrothal and Marriage
116
Funerals
146
Other Types of Rites of Passage
166
Conclusions
189
Index
195
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