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rite of passage

An event or activity often performed or experienced as part of passing from one stage of life to another. Bar Mitzvah celebrations are a rite of passage as Jewish boys become men. Getting lost while trying to find their classrooms is kind of a rite of passage for freshmen at this school.
See also: of, passage, rite

rite of passage

a ceremony or event marking an important stage in someone's life, especially birth, initiation, marriage, and death.
See also: of, passage, rite
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The Rite of Passage extends to The Reader an often poignant, always moving fleeting view into one man's contemplation as he considers the profusion that life has to offer.
Modest, nevertheless potent, in implication and sentiment set down in a straightforward style; The Rite of Passage is heightened by extension, showcasing a sequence of inspiring reflections.
I found The Rite of Passage to be an attractive verse having sweeping appeal.
Right now the rite of passage in our house is potty training, which is slightly less emotional than starting school, even if the sight of my two year old in his Octonauts undies does make me awfully proud.
One way to describe the birth journey is to understand the rite of passage framework.
Each stage of the rite of passage brings with it unique challenges and questions that can be used as teachable moments by the birth educator.
The first phase of the rite of passage is thus complete.
When scholars discuss ritual, they frequently focus on the rite of passage as the means by which many rituals are structured.
Grace cannot complete the rite of passage via science alone.
The involvement in war of the two protagonists--Ishmael as a narrator in A Long Way Gone and the main character Kaninda in Little Soldier--contains the main structural and symbolic elements of Victor Turner's anthropological theory of the rite of passage into maturity.
Victor Turner developed his theory on the rite of passage in a number of works over the second half of the twentieth century, using as a conceptual basis the work of an earlier anthropologist--Arnold van Gennep.
"The universal feeling I have is students took the rite of passage seriously.
Finally, she also points to the need for the researcher to become actively involved as agent in the process--thus becoming an `integral part of the rite of passage for those co-operating with the researcher' (p.
Van Gennep describes a three-stage model of the rite of passage: the preliminal (rites of separation), the liminal (rites of transition), and the postliminal (rites of incorporation).
THE RITE OF PASSAGE is a rhapsody on life, eternal life, life on earth, but includes parts of the author's own life as well.