Rites of Passage
Victor Turner defines three distinct phases of a rite of passage: separation, transition, and incorporation. Even if we are not expressly religious, all of us have experienced a rite of passage at some point in our lives. Examples of secular rites of passage include graduation ceremonies, induction into the military, entering a hospital and receiving treatment, and fraternity or sorority initiations. Less secular examples include marriage, baptism, and coming of age celebrations and rituals. Describe a rite of passage that you have experienced firsthand, and discuss the three phases of a rite of passage in relation to this example. Explain the function of the rite of passage for the people who participate in it. Compare the rite of passage that you have experienced to those depicted in the required video watching from this week.