“Magical” may seem a strong term to use – but when the challenging and complicated leap over the gulf between childhood and adulthood is made well, it is indeed magical. With so many competing messages about what it means to be an adult, from parents, peers, social groups, movies and tv, Rites of Passage provide guidance for the transition. They support youth becoming adults within the community rather than outside it.
Frederick Marx, one of the producers and writers of the award-winning documentary Hoop Dreams, has begun work on a film about Rites of Passage. The trailer for the film (see below) shows some of the impacts of the lack of Rites of Passage, as well as the benefits of having those ceremonies and rites.
Joseph Campbell talks about the need for and benefits of Rites of Passage, especially related to the transition from teen/child to adult and the major shift in the individual’s place in society which happens at that time (“On Becoming an Adult”):
The Sweet Medicine SunDance Path includes extensive Rites of Passage ceremonies, for age-related transitions from birth to childhood, teen, and adult rites, including the critical teen-to-adult transition. It also includes ceremonies for major life events such as marriage and bonding. If you are interested in learning more about our Rites of Passage ceremonies, please contact our Rites of Passage coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DTMMS has published a short intro to the SMSD Rites of Passage:
They enable us, both as individuals and as families/communities, to deal with change and provide an energetic “boost” to help us meet the transitions that occur on that journey. This booklet presents the reader with an excellent overview of the rites of passage of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path.