Deeply into the Bone: Re-Inventing Rites of Passage

By Ronald L. Grimes | Go to book overview

CONTENTS
List of Figures /vii
Acknowledgments /ix
INTRODUCTIONRough Passages, Reinvented Rites1
CHAPTER 1Celebrating New Life, Ritually Nurturing the Young15
Pulling up My Skin for Laces, 21; You Have a Compass within You, 29; Children Are Not Born but Made, 36; Male Mothering, 45; Begreasing and Bespewing Poor Infants, 49; Churching and Gossiping, 55; Appropriate Craziness, Extravagant Praise, 57; Cosmic Fetuses and Bundle Babies, 59; Kneeling on the Earth, 63; A Birth Well Attended, 71; Nurturing Ritual Sensibilities, 74; The Dove Still Travels with Me, 76; Reinventing Birth Rites; 83
CHAPTER 2Coming of Age, Joining Up87
Initiation as a Global Problem, 91; The Reality of My Own Body, 94; Patterns of Initiation, 100; Initiation around the World, 107; Initiatory Fantasy, 111; The Improved Order of Red Men, 117; Betwixt and Between, 121; Debt Payments, Whippings, and Washings, 125; Bartering a Traditional Celebration, 127; Initiatory Wonder, 131; Initiatory Disenchantment, 136; He Emerged as One of Them, 138; Reinventing Initiation Rites, 142; African American Rites of Passage, 145
CHAPTER 3Divining Mates, Making Kin151
Wedding Preparation, Wedding Aftermath, 156; The Purity of an Angel, the Sweat of a Human, 159; Reaching through the Veil, 163; Like a Horse and Carriage? 169; The Most Splendid Couple in All of Japan, 172; The Sacred Fire Was Our Witness, 177; Married Already or Not Yet? 186; Old Enough to Be the Father of His Bride, 191; Passing the Torch, Blessing the Bride, 196; From Blessing Marriages to Making Them, 198; Alternative Weddings, 205; Reinventing Marriage Rites, 210

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents v
  • Figures vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction - Rough Passages, Reinvented Rites 1
  • Chapter 1 - Celebrating New Life, Ritually Nurturing the Young 15
  • Chapter 2 - Coming of Age, Joining Up 87
  • Chapter 3 - Divining Mates, Making Kin 151
  • Chapter 4 - Living with the Dead, Exiting Gracefully 217
  • Chapter 5 - Passages, Troubled and Uncharted 285
  • Conclusion - Beyond Passage 335
  • Notes 347
  • Sources Cited 359
  • Index 369
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