puberty and initiation

Broader Term: adolescence, adulthood, and old age163 Documents

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Ideas, beliefs, and practices associated with first emissio seminis and first menstruation; rites of passage at or near puberty; prevalence of special initiation rites for each gender; ceremonial sponsors; function and purpose of ceremonial; mystery and seclusion; taboos; ordeals and tests; teaching secret lore; special instruction in sex life; ideas of death and rebirth; etc.

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