Since the 1960s anthropologists have studied initiation rites. These rites can last for as long as a year and involve circumcision, subincision, tooth-avulsion, blood-letting and cicatrization; on the other hand, they may be short and painless. The contributors to this volume draw together ethnographies of female initiation rites in eight communities in Melanesia. The contributors argue that female initiation rites express more than cultural notions of femininity, narrow definitions of reproduction, or coming of age rituals ...

Gender Rituals: Female Initiation in Melanesia 1995, Routledge, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780415911078

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