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By Arthur Magida

This daring, pioneering e-book explores rites of passage in the US by way of sifting during the debts of influential thinkers who skilled them. Arthur J. Magida explains the underlying theologies, evolution, and genuine perform of Jewish bar and bat mitzvahs, Christian confirmations, Hindu sacred thread ceremonies, Muslim shahadas and Zen jukai ceremonies. In infrequent interviews, well known artists and intellectuals akin to Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, holistic guru Deepak Chopra, singer Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), actress/comedienne Julia Sweeney, cartoonist Roz Chast, interfaith maven Huston Smith, and plenty of extra speak in detail approximately their non secular backgrounds, the rites of passage they went via, and the way those occasions formed who they're today.

Magida compares those coming of age ceremonies' origins and evolution, considers their final which means and goal, and gauges how their which means adjustments with members over the years. He additionally examines cutting edge rites of passage which are now being "invented" within the usa. Passionate and lyrical, this soaking up publication finds our deep, final want for coming-of-age occasions, in particular in a society as fluid as ours.

Conversations with: Bob Abernethy, Huston Smith, Julia Sweeney, Roz Chast, Harold Kushner, Ram Dass, Elie Wiesel, Deepak Chopra, Robert Thurman, Coleman Barks, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), And others

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