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Coming of Age the RITE WayYouth and Community Development through Rites of Passage$
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David Blumenkrantz

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190297336

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190297336.001.0001

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It Is a Long Journey to a Ritual

It Is a Long Journey to a Ritual

(p.119) 9 It Is a Long Journey to a Ritual
Coming of Age the RITE Way

David G. Blumenkrantz

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides another case study of a ritual as an example of the general principles and structure of myth, ritual, and rites of passage. The famed educator and ritual-maker Malidoma Patrice Somé, Ph.D., who grew up among the Dagara in Dano, Burkina Faso, West Africa, fashioned the ritual, based on his tribe’s funeral customs. It highlights the relationship between ritual, the individual, and the community. The chapter illustrates the general principles of myth described in chapter 7 and the tripartite structure of rites of passage—separation, liminality, and incorporation. The chapter explores the relationship between death–funerals and coming of age–rites of passage and the similarity and need for a ritualizing process.

Keywords:   public, grieving, Malidoma Somé, Dagara, bridge, world, funeral rite, rite of passage, meta-myth

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