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The Rites of Passage (original 1909; edition 1961)
by Arnold van Gennep (Author), Monika B. Vizedom (Translator), Gabrielle L. Caffee (Translator)
The Rites of Passage by Arnold van Gennep (1909)
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.
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