Friday, September 15, 2006

Vital Elements of Initiation Rituals

What are the vital components of initiation rituals?

I'm not asking for oathbound secrets here, just wondering what makes an initiation into a group work? Separation followed by ordeal, surprise, and reintegration seems to be a common pattern. Are all these things necessary, or could you do without some? Will the initiation still take if the candidate/neophyte/student knows what will happen in the ritual beforehand?

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