Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Secrecy/Surprise in Initiations

In paths requiring initiations, is it important that an prospective initiate does not know exactly what will happen at the initiation ceremony? I have this idea that the "element of surprise" is important, but I can't remember where I picked it up, or if I subconsciously invented it, so I'm wondering what you all think. Does "surprise" matter? And if so, why? I would guess it increases emotional impact, but I'm sure there could be other reasons.

Along the same line, if the initiate is not supposed to know the initiation ritual, what happens if they somehow find out early? Does this render them ineligible, or do you create a new one, or something else?

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