Running head: RITE OF PASSAGES
Rites of Passage
RITES OF PASSAGE
Rite of Passage
It is no doubt that the Mescalero Apache community takes rites of passage very seriously.
The Apache Sunrise Ceremony (puberty rite of passage) \ takes four days, and it is their way of
transitioning girls from girlhood to womanhood. The first step comprises two parts, running
across the desert and dancing for four hours, both symbolizing the four stages in life. This ushers
the girls the reality of life and th...
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