rite of passage


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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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The Rite of Passage is a good selection for the home and public library, the school library and High School English Teacher classroom library, the book will make a nice Teacher gift for beginning and ending of the school year.
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Pregnancy as a Rite of Passage: Liminality, rituals and communitas.
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The scientific process is, however, an ongoing process; whereas a typical rite of passage occurs once and definitively, the scientific method is recursive, building at each cycle.
Victor Turner developed his theory on the rite of passage in a number of works over the second half of the twentieth century, using as a conceptual basis the work of an earlier anthropologist--Arnold van Gennep.
The project, which has become a rite of passage for students at Wellwood Middle School in Fayetteville, N.Y., "is the last thing they do before moving from middle to high school," says Capponi.
Young tubeworms in the deep ocean break out with skin infections as a rite of passage to adulthood, according to a new notion of their growth.
I'm living proof of the limitations of researching this important religious rite of passage by asking adults to remember their First Communions.
The plot of Swan Lake turns on a rite of passage: Prince Siegfried, reaching the age of 21, must choose a bride.
Sex often took place between older and younger men as a quiet but accepted rite of passage. While such a culture would hardly seem supportive to a contemporary gay man, it remains preferable to death.