Re: Rites of Passage

Shannon Adams (
Fri, 23 Aug 1996 09:32:57 -0700

Len Piotrowski wrote:
> In article <> Shannon Adams <> writes:

> >Maybe the primary difference between rites of passage involving circumcision
> >and the rites of the masons is that the masons are (traditionally at least, I
> >have no idea about the present) a society of only males. Sexually maturity,
> >and the privileges etc. that go along with that status (legitimate sexually
> >activity, etc.) are not at issue in a masonic rite.
> The rituals surrounding genital modification in many cultures are likewise
> conducted by a single sex to the proscribed exclusion of the other.
> Cheers,
> --Lenny__

But these male social groups who preform the circumcisions, etc. are not
quite the same. They function in a world of men and women, while fraternal
organizations like the masons function independently (ideally, at least) of
anything female. There is a difference between men teachings boys how to be
men in a world of men and women, AND men accepting men into a world of only
men. (boy, was that a stupid sentence or what!?)