Essential Questions How do different cultures use rites of passage? How are rites of passage affected by immigration? Religions examined: Islam, Shinto
Shinto Rites of Passage Hatsumiya (Birth): Parents bring infant to a shrine where they pray for the child’s good health. Shichi-go-san (seven-five-three): Observed November 15th for boys age 5 and girls ages 3 and 7. Seijin no Hi (Coming of Age Day): National holiday observed on second Monday of January Recognizes the coming of age upon reaching 20 years
Islam Rites of Passage Birth of a child: Call to Prayer naming ceremony Men attending public prayers Women beginning to help with the home and family Marriage: Readings from Quran Death: Prayers read to the dying person Burial with blessings and readings
Similarities and Differences Similarities Sacred practices upon an infant being born, and for marriage. Differences Religions are based in different parts of the world Islam is relatively new, originating in 610 in Saudi Arabia, Shinto originated in Japan around 5000 BCE Islam follows the concept of monotheism, while Shinto has many deities Death in Islam is a rite of passage, while is Shinto it is not
Effects of Immigration Islam Immigration from one country to another can happen due to a push or pull factor. It is an obligation to remain a good Muslim even if not in a Muslim country- not committing Haram (sin), and staying true to the faith Shinto Shinto followers are affected when immigrating to America in the past. Shinto rites of passage are usually conducted in Buddhist temples.
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