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Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line Women's Interracial Activism in South Carolina during and after World War II

Crossing The Line

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Crossing the Line: Republikflucht between Defection and Migration

Crossing the Cosmological Constant Line on the Warped DGP Brane

Professional Boundaries: Crossing a Line or Entering the Shadows?

Crossing the Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out for Peace. By Rosalie Riegle.

Crossing the Color Line: A Brief Historical Survey of Race Relations in American Evangelical Christianity

Crossing the Line: Women's Interracial Activism in South Carolina during and after World War II

Everyday Ethics in Dementia Day Care: Narratives of Crossing the Line1

Crossing the Color Line in Little Rock: The Eisenhower Administration and the Dilemma of Race for U.S. Foreign Policy

Daniel T. Rogers, Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age; Robert C. Lieberman, Shifting the Color Line: Race and the American Welfare State

Cherisse Jones-Branch. Crossing the Line: Women's Interracial Activism in South Carolina during and after World War II.

Crossing Over the Line: Legislating Morality and the Mann Act. By David J. Langum (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1994. xxi plus 311pp. $24.95)

David J. Langum. Crossing Over the Line: Legislating Morality and the Mann Act. (The Chicago Series in Sexuality, History, and Society.) Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1994. Pp. xii, 311. $24.95

 

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A ceremony performed on board ships when their passengers and crew are crossing the equator for the first time. Traditionally, it is performed by one of the ship's crew attired as King Neptune, encrusted with barnacles, wearing a golden crown and flowing beard, and clasping a trident. He summons the novices one by one who, after receiving the attentions of both surgeon and barber, are tipped backwards into a bath of sea water, where King Neptune's assistants ensure they receive a good ducking. Nowadays, less onerous ceremonies are held for passengers aboard cruise ships and other commercial vessels which cross the equator.

The ceremony undoubtedly owes its origin to ancient pagan rites connected with the propitiation of the Greek sea god Poseidon, known to the Romans as Neptune. In classical times it was the custom to mark the successful rounding of prominent headlands by making a sacrifice to the appropriate deity, many of whom had temples erected in their honour on such points. With the spread of Christianity many of the vows and oblations paid to the heathen gods were transferred to the saints. In 1529 the French instituted an order of knighthood called Les Chevaliers de la Mer in which novices were given the accolade when rounding certain capes.

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