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Baby Namings item4aHandfastings item4cRites of Passage

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Rites of Passage

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a child comes of age

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Many ancient tribal cultures across the world mark the rites of passage when girls and boys become men and women. The transition between the child and the adult has become vague in Western culture and is never at a fixed point. A 16 year old can legally marry and become a parent, but cannot drink alcohol or vote until turning 18.

Should it be held that a child becomes an adult when he or she demonstrates command of the tools and skills to live an adult life, ie when a fledgeling bird learns how to fly from the nest?

A Coming of Age ceremony puts you in control of that status. A child enters this ceremony in sight of family and friends, passes through the flames of initiation and comes out as an adult, an equal member of the community.

What happens during this ceremony is up to you. The young initiate might demonstrate a newly accomplished skill, such as playing a musical instrument or simply present their newly acquired academic certificates for all to see.

Let me help you craft this process into a life-initiation ceremony that will be remembered for a lifetime.

David Spofforth 2012