Re: Rites of Passage

Shannon Adams (
Wed, 14 Aug 1996 10:24:23 -0700

Robert Snower wrote:
> Shannon Adams <> wrote:
> >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?
> >Shannon
> All rites of passage have a common thread, i.e., a common theme and
> purpose: the quelling of individual sexual competition in favor of
> the cooperation essential to the maintenance of a society.
> Best wishes. R. Snower

Whoa! I've never heard this. Can you explain in more detail. I'm kind
of curious!