Anthropology - Ritual and Symbol
I. Classify using Van Gennep's categories and point out aspects which would be of
particular interest to Turner and to Chapple and Coons.
The Mescalero girls' puberty ceremony is an example of a 'Rite of Passage,' a ceremony
that marks the transition of an individual from one stage of life to another (Chapple and Coons,
p. 484). The ceremony marks the transition from girl to 'mother of a nation' (p.252). The ritual
serves as a means of establishing equilibrium after the crisis of puberty (Chapple and Coons, p.
484). It is a method of making this transition from girl to woman eas…
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