Thursday, April 11, 2002

random question

Throwing this out in the wild hope that someone can help: I'm looking for resources (big or small, in-depth or pithy) on the anthropological theory of pilgrimage. The idea behind the theory: you're a kid in the society, you move into a dangerous liminal stage when you don't fit in anywhere, you go on a pilgrimage to find your identity, you come back and take your place in the group. This happens everywhere, all over the world, and can be religious or secular (although you hear more about it happening in religious settings). The only resource I've been pointed towards is "Regeneration Through Violence" by Slotkin, but I'm not sure that's what I'm looking for. Anyone know of something more pertinent? Many thanks...

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