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rite of passage

n. pl. rites of passage
A ritual or ceremony signifying an event in a person's life indicative of a transition from one stage to another, as from adolescence to adulthood.
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It is said that women's and girl's sexuality is a preoccupation of patriarchy as male interests inform the shape that sexuality takes (Kamlongera 2007: 85), and as Drews (1995: 104) observes in her account of female initiation rites, the young girl is taught how to give pleasure to a man sexually.
The few women who dared raise even the most measured criticism were marked as leftists and informers, were socially ostracized, and had to pass more initiation rites than others to prove their loyalty to the army and the state, researchers say.
Through joy buzzers, trick cigars, exploding flower bouquets, and skeletons that popped out of altars and squirted water in the eyes of their victims, they made the fraternal initiation rite modern, a burlesque rather than a ceremony.
What did Tlingit boys learn during their initiation rites? What did Tlingit girls learn?
Five South Africans were yesterday charged with murdering five boys who died undergoing traditional manhood initiation rites in the bush.
For more than 10 years Rohr has reached tens of thousands of men in retreat talks and walked more than a thousand men through male initiation rites. He uses the archetypes of wild man, warrior, and King as well as other mythic symbols to convey the truth at the heart of men's work.
The overall project of this book is to deal with gender identity and male initiation rites in New Guinea.
She returned in 1936, having passed rigorous initiation rites to become a mambo--a vaudun priestess.
Army communications director Brigadier Sebastian Roberts admitted that poor housing, racism, bullying and initiation rites were all factors.
UPFRONT asked two students at New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Connecticut, for their views on initiation rites for sports teams, which their school bans.
For instance, initiation rites often force participants to cope with sleep deprivation.
Alfred University conducted a national survey of college athletes, coaches, and staff members at National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) institutions early in 1999 to determine the extent of hazing and initiation rites. A national random sample of 10,000 athletes was taken from a composite list of all athletes from 224 NCAA institutions that volunteered for the study.

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