Maturity Rituals Essay by Peter Pen

Maturity Rituals
An overview of coming-of-age rituals in different cultures.
# 45631 | 1,420 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2003

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Maturity is the passage from the innocence of childhood to the responsibilities of adulthood. Rituals are ceremonies or acts of transitional stages from childhood to adulthood that help differentiate levels of responsibility and times of life. This paper examines maturity rituals in various cultures, including the Jewish Bar-Mitzvah and the Old Order Amish. The paper also discusses how modern American culture affects these rituals and how it provides some its own.

From the Paper:

"Where is the dividing line that our culture needs to define true maturity? Without this they have nothing but confusion, loss of identity, and a lack of understanding the responsibilities that are expected of them from our society. For instance; when my twenty-one year old daughter went to an oral surgeon for an initial check-up, they sent the bill to my husband with a written note explaining his responsibility if the insurance company didn't pay. How can we expect our adult children to know what their responsibilities are and take them seriously when there are no dividing lines?"

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