The Rites of Passage

Arnold van Gennep

The Rites of Passage
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Arnold van Gennep

224 pages | © 1960
Paper $17.50 ISBN: 9780226848495 Published July 1961
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Birth, puberty, marriage, and death are, in all cultures, marked by ceremonies which may differ but are universal in function. Arnold van Gennep (1873-1957) was the first anthropologist to note the regularity and significance of the rituals attached to the transitional stages in man's life, and his phrase for these, "the rites of passage," has become a part of the language of anthropology and sociology.
Introduction to the English Edition by Solon T. Kimball
Translator's Note
Author's Foreword
I. The Classification of Rites
II. The Territorial Passage
III. Individuals and Groups
IV. Pregnancy and Childbirth
V. Birth and Childhood
VI. Initiation Rites
VII. Betrothal and Marriage
VIII. Funerals
IX. Other Types of Rites of Passage
X. Conclusions
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