Rite of Passage - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

Rite of passage
1 / 34

  • Uploaded on
  • Presentation posted in: General

Rite of Passage. Rite of Passage Ceremonies that mark a person’s progress from one phase to another They correspond with important events in human life Birth, puberty, mating, old age, death. Rite of Passage. 3 Stage Process 1. Segregation 2. Transition 3. Reintegration.

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.

Download Presentation

Rite of Passage

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript

Rite of passage

Rite of Passage

  • Rite of Passage

    • Ceremonies that mark a person’s progress from one phase to another

    • They correspond with important events in human life

    • Birth, puberty, mating, old age, death

Rite of passage1

Rite of Passage

  • 3 Stage Process

    • 1. Segregation

    • 2. Transition

    • 3. Reintegration

3 stages of rite of passage

3 Stages of Rite of Passage

  • Segregation (Separation)

    • Person is separated from rest of society

  • Transition

    • Person is becoming his or her new self and learning the new role. Guides, mentors may be available

  • Reintegration

    • Person is reintegrated into society with a new role

Consequences of rite of passage

Consequences of Rite of Passage

  • Produce Cognitive Dissonance in the Individual

  • Produces conformity among new members

  • Helps in the transition to full group membership

  • Links individuals to the community

  • Initiates who feel more rewarded show stronger group identity

Examples rites of passage

Examples: Rites of Passage

  • Birth

  • Adulthood

  • Marriage: ex. Bride Kidnapping http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKAusMNTNnk

  • Death

Rite of passage and ritual

Rite of Passage and Ritual

Ritual Analysis



  • Sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, designed to influence forces on behalf of those who practice it.

Manifest function of rituals

Manifest Function of Rituals

  • Intended and recognized consequence

  • Consequences that people observe and expect

  • Manifest Function of Rain Dance: produce rain

Latent function of rituals

Latent Function of Rituals

  • Unintended and unrecognized consequence

  • Not explicitly stated

  • Latent Function of Rain Dance: Reinforces group identity by providing a regular opportunity for members of group to meet and engage in a common activity.

Can rituals be dysfunctional

Can rituals be dysfunctional?

  • Dysfunctions can be either manifest or latent

  • Dysfunctions have a negative effect on society

  • Manifest Dysfunction of a festivity: Disruption of transportation and excessive production of garbage.

Symbolism in ritual

Symbolism in Ritual

  • Symbol: anything that represents something else.

  • What symbolisms are described in this ritual? What do these symbols represent?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HtE7eFcKvvs

Ritual analysis in sports

Ritual Analysis in Sports

  • Can you find this ritual’s …….?

    • Manifest Function

    • Latent Function

    • Symbolisms

  • Is it possible that this ritual could be dysfunctional in some way?

  • Chicago Bulls Players’ Introduction

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rYFlzJyxWlw

One more time ritual analysis in sports

One More Time: Ritual Analysis in Sports

  • Can you find this ritual’s …….?

    • Manifest Function

    • Latent Function

    • Symbolisms

  • Is it possible that this ritual could be dysfunctional in some way?

  • All Blacks’ Haka: New Zealand Pre-Game tradition

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ofj3dCKyI38

Ritual analysis

Ritual Analysis

  • Who exercises control in rituals?

  • Do rituals exercise control upon their participants or do the participants have control over the ritual?

  • Do the participants have control over this particular ritual?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hGFDF96hwTE

Rites of passage and the sacred

Rites of Passage and the Sacred

Human Beings, Rituals and Religion

Questions to think about

Questions to Think About

  • What is religion?

  • What is the role of religion in society today?

  • What do you think will be the role of religion in the future?



  • Religion: System of roles and norms organized around the sacred, binding people in social groups.

  • According to Sociology, Religion is a social creation

    • Things are sacred if people define it as sacred

  • Religion is related to a culture’s worldview: beliefs regarding the natural and supernatural, and the manner of perceiving and interpreting the world.

  • How does religion affect our worldview? Provide an example

The sacred and the profane

The Sacred and the Profane

Sacred (Religious)

Profane (Secular)

Supernatural world

Inspires awe, respect, reverence

Ordinary world

Commonplace, familiar



  • Most primitive form of religion

  • Beliefs in a supernatural power based on the natural world

  • Animals, plants, mountains, etc. contain spirits

  • Might have been way to understand dreams and other phenomena

Forms of animism

Forms of Animism


Shamanism Video

Spirits communicate with one person of the group (shaman).

Magic: Attempt to understand, experience and influence the world using rituals, symbols, and language


Describe both rituals performed by the Chinese shaman.

Is the reporter biased towards shamanism?

Forms of animism totemism

Forms of Animism: Totemism

  • Belief in spiritual connection or kinship between humans and animals or plants.

  • Totem (spirit-being) is a symbol representing a family or clan.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXCdcfxi9vQ

Theism belief in a god or gods

Theism: belief in a god or gods



Belief in one God

Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Organizational structure

Sacred Writings

Organized priesthood

Belief in a number of gods


Usually powerful gods over lesser gods

Lesser gods have different spheres of influence



  • Idea that moral principles have a sacred quality

  • Based on truth, honor, tolerance

  • Buddhism, Confucianism, Shinto

  • Goal: reach highest human potential

Ethicalism ex confucianism

Ethicalism – Ex. Confucianism

The master said, "A young man's duty is to behave well to his parents at home and to his elders abroad, to be cautious in giving promises and punctual in keeping them, to have kindly feelings towards everyone, but seek the intimacy of the Good.“

The master said, "Govern the people by regulations, keep order among them by chastisements, and they will flee from you, and lose all self-respect.  Govern them by moral force, keep order among them by ritual, and they will keep their self-respect and come to you of their own accord."

Document-Based Questions:

1.  How did Confucius feel people should behave toward others? 

2.  What might Confucius think about criminal laws and prisons in the modern world? 

3.  On a personal level, do you respond better to strict rules regarding behavior, or to good examples of proper behavior?

4 different religious bodies

4 Different Religious Bodies

  • Ecclesiae

  • Denominations

  • Cults

  • Sects



  • State Church

  • Large and all-encompassing religious body that tolerates no religious competition.

  • Often highly connected to the economic market and political system of a society.

  • Officials are highly trained and have a lot of power

  • Fundamentalism: strict adherence to the religion’s rules and practices. Belief that religion should be the primary force in one’s life.



  • Exist in societies where churches do not hold a religious monopoly- they are one religion among many.

  • More tolerant of other religions, acknowledging rights of other religions.

  • Ex. Religions in the United States.

Rite of passage


  • Relatively small religious organization that typically has split off from a denomination because of differences concerning beliefs.

  • Sects are found in all religions.

  • It is a subjective term and can be thought off as branches of different religions.



  • New religious group whose beliefs and practices differ a lot form those of society’s major religions

  • Group advocates for belief in something new

  • Followers are usually disillusioned by traditional religions. Likely to have a charismatic leader

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML2Oa4Oigvo

Functions of religion

Functions of Religion

  • 1.Social Solidarity

    • Strengthens bond between people and creates sense of community

    • Creates a sense of belonging

    • Makes you feel less alone in the world

    • Provides support and purpose

Functions of religion1

Functions of Religion

  • 2. Social Control

    • Encourages conformity to norms

    • Keeps social order by making it divine

    • Rituals like confession serve as emotional release and contribute to unity of the group

Functions of religion2

Functions of Religion

  • 3. Emotional Support

    • Helps endure disappointment and suffering

    • Gives hope in the worst of times.

    • Provides answers for ultimate questions.

    • Lessens anxiety and alleviates doubts that may arise from circumstances beyond our control

Functions of religion3

Functions of Religion

  • Write an example for each of the different functions of religion we have mentioned before:

    • Social Solidarity

    • Social Control

    • Emotional Support

Conflict theory perspective religion as the opium of the people

Conflict Theory PerspectiveReligion as the “Opium of the People”

  • Karl Marx

    • Faith in the promise of rewards in the afterlife prevent people from seeking out the sources of their hardships and from taking action to better their lives.

    • Sport acts as a distraction for people not to see the inequality among social classes.

    • It distracts people from their suffering.

  • Login