The Rites of Passage

Paperback | July 15, 1961

byArnold Van Gennep

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Birth, 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 man's life, and his phrase for these, "the rites of passage," has become a part of the language of anthropology and sociology.

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Birth, 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 man's life, and his phrase for these, "the rites of passa...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.01 × 5.35 × 0.63 inPublished:July 15, 1961Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226848493

ISBN - 13:9780226848495

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the English Edition by Solon T. Kimball
Translator's Note
Author's Foreword
I. The Classification of Rites
II. The Territorial Passage
III. Individuals and Groups
IV. Pregnancy and Childbirth
V. Birth and Childhood
VI. Initiation Rites
VII. Betrothal and Marriage
VIII. Funerals
IX. Other Types of Rites of Passage
X. Conclusions
Index