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Rites of Passage
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Passage as an Arduous Task

1. Animal and human life is carried out in ‘passages’: between luminous sun and the dark of night; between working day and sleep; between the spatial boundaries of secure, familiar home and open space; between the path of peril and the place that is safe; between the seasonal periods of superfluity and want; in the biographical passages from childhood, to spar…

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Boneberg, Hemma, “Rites of Passage”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 09 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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