Chapter

Introduction

Arthur J. Magida

in Opening the Doors of Wonder

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941717 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520245457.003.0002
Introduction

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Rites of passage are essentially gateways to new vistas, the restricted nature of which makes them even enticing. Rites of passage pertaining to the infants and those pertaining to the young ones differ primarily on the basis of knowledge—a young initiate is already abreast of what is going on, the possibilities that await him in the aftermath of the rite. It gives him the scope to consider beforehand, his ways in that new paradigm he is about to be inducted in. He thus acts with wisdom. However, consciousness does not uniformly grant wisdom, the development of which is impeded in various erroneous ways of orientation. Rites of passage are encountered along the spectrum of an individual life. This text, however, deals with those that instill the knowledge of the uncharted depth of our knowledge, wisdom, and place in the world, and nd this clarity heralds primarily via the mundane rites.

Keywords: rite of passage; wisdom; knowledge; consciousness; uncharted depth

Chapter.  2941 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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