Initiation ceremonies and secret societies as educational institutions

Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Learning Sage Beverly Hills Published In Pages: 231-250
By Precourt, Walter


This study of initiation rites focuses on the hidden and explicit education that takes place in the course of public initiation rites and induction into secret societies. The author suggests that in tribal societies, initiations reinforce egalitarianism while in chiefdoms secret societies reinforce differentiation. Deviant cases were also analyzed.

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