rites of passage

Shannon Adams (shannon_adams@byu.edu)
Fri, 12 Jul 1996 09:41:30 -0700

I have a theoretical question to pose. Can an event be called a rite of
passage if it is not a ceremonial, public event? This event successfully
transfers the participants from one status to another; it has essential
components that, when the component is altered change the native's
feeling toward the event (Most of them say something like "It wasn't a
real **the event**"). The event does involve ritualized pain as well.
I'm writing my senior ethnography (undergraduate) on this topic and I
want to know if I've muddled my theory. (I'm assuming that this event is
a rite of passge).

Shannon Adams