List of Figures Acknowledgments Introduction: Rough Passages, Reinvented Rites 1. Celebrating New Life, Ritually Nurturing the Young 2. Coming of Age, Joining Up 3. Divining Mates, Making Kin 4. Living with the Dead, Exiting Gracefully 5. Passages, Troubled and Uncharted Conclusion: Beyond Passage Notes Sources Cited Index
Ronald L. Grimes is Professor of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. He is the author of Marrying and Burying: Rites of Passage in a Man's Life (1995) and editor of Readings in Ritual Studies (1996), among other works.
"Grimes' combination of scholarly knowledge, anecdotes, literary essays, and observations on modern culture provide a first-class foundation for this thoroughly absorbing foray into a deeply interesting and relevant subject."-NAPRA ReView "Without question, this is one of the finest books I have read in several decades. It is well written, beautifully printed, and deals with passages of life [and] the rituals that people have or have not developed to cope with them."-William Klassen, The Kitchener-Waterloo Record "A thoughtful, insightful examination...a deeply evocative portrait of life-passage rituals and their meaning in a variety of human contexts."-Library Journal