Definition of Rite of Passage
Examples of Rite of Passage
- A bar mitzvah, held when a Jewish boy turn 13, that signifies the transition into adulthood.
- Baptism, as practiced by Christians.
Etymology of Rite of Passage
- Coined by Charles Arnold van Gennep (1873–1957) in Les Rites de Passage (1960); the term is translated from the French phrase rite de passage.
Rite of Passage Pronunciation
Syllabification: rite of pas·sage
- American English – /rIEt uhv pAs-ij/
- British English – /rIEt UHv pAs-ij/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /raɪt ʌv ˈpæsəʤ/
- British English – /raɪt ɒv ˈpæsɪʤ/
- Plural: rites of passage
- Rite is short for ritual.
- A rite of passage signifies a change in an individual’s status.
- A thanatologist studies rites of passage related to death.
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- Mahdi, Louise Carus, Steven Foster, and Meredith Little, eds. 1987. Betwixt & Between: Patterns of Masculine and Feminine Initiation. La Salle, IL: Open Court.
- van Gennep, Arnold. 1960. The Rites of Passage. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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