Rites of Passage

Shannon Adams (shannon_adams@byu.edu)
Tue, 13 Aug 1996 14:39:58 -0700

I am just finishing a paper dealing with a rite of passage among
the people I studied. But I have a few curiosity questions for all you
theorists and ethnographers.

What purpose do rites of passage serve beyond the transfer of status?
Is there some social-psychological motivation? What are the implications
for secular (not ritual) peoples?