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English_9: Rites of Passage


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English_9: Rites of Passage

  1. 1. Devon Johnson
  2. 2. Essential Questions How do different cultures use rites of passage? How are rites of passage affected by immigration? Religions examined: Islam, Shinto
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. Sources Mori Sarah (2010). Rites of passage. Available at: [Last Accessed February 6th 2013]. Beth Davies-Stofka (2008-2013). Rites and Ceremonies. Available at: Symbolism/Rites-and-Ceremonies. [Last Accessed February 6th 2013]. (2005-2006). Minzoku Shinto (Folk Shinto). Available at: [Last Accessed February 6th 2013]. Available at: http://www.ya- [Last Accessed February 6th 2013]. Islam vs Shinto. Available at: [Last Accessed February 6th 2013].