The Rites of Passage by Arnold van GennepBirth, puberty, marriage, and death are, in all cultures, marked by ceremonies which may differ but are universal in function. Arnold van Gennep (1873-1957) was the first anthropologist to note the regularity and significance of the rituals attached to the transitional stages in mans life, and his phrase for these, the rites of passage, has become a part of the language of anthropology and sociology.
Van Gennep's Stages of Rites of Passage
A rite of passage is a ceremony or ritual of the passage which occurs when an individual leaves one group to enter another. It involves a significant change of status in society. In cultural anthropology the term is the Anglicisation of rite de passage, a French term innovated by the ethnographer Arnold van Arnold van Gennep in his work Les rites de passage, "The Rites of Passage".
Arnold van Gennep
Arnold Van Gennep
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The Rites of Passage. Arnold van Gennep. 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 This edition reprints the paperback edition of The Territorial Passage. Individuals and Groups.
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