Interpretation In Anthropologist Van Tuner's Rite Of Passage

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Ritual is the transformation that one undergoes when they are on a journey of becoming to a certain state from another. According to Tuner’s Betwixt and Between: The liminal passage in Rite de passage, Anthropologist Van Gennep recognized a ritual process called “rite de passage” also known as a rite of passage which he defined as “the rites which accompany every change of place, state, social position and age”. He also states that the rites to transmissions are accompanied by three phrases, which are; separation, this is the attachment from the previous or original status; Liminal Status which is the passage rite, where the transformation takes place, and this state is said to be ambiguous, because it is the stage of uncertainty and lastly; the Aggregation state, which is when the subject of ritual is back to its stable state. A few weeks ago, I attended my cousins uMemulo (the coming of age), a ritual that is performed by Zulu people when a girl reaches the age of twenty one and her parents are welcoming her into adulthood, it signifies that the girl is now a woman and she is ready to get married. I chose this ritual because it suits Van Gennep’s “Rite de passage” concept best, furthermore I attended the ritual and I was also one of the participants, therefore I have better insight about the ritual since I witnessed every detail that is done in this ritual. It was so fortunate that this ritual happened over the holidays because both my cousin and I are studying at a

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