Ethnology • Published In • Pages: 199-210 •
Documents and Hypotheses Filed By: Kate Cummings
|In societies with ceremonies for one sex, girls' ceremonies (as opposed to boys) will be negatively associated with initiation prior to genital maturation, undergoing genital operation or experienceing same-sex bonding.
|In societies with ceremonies for both sexes, boys' ceremonies are positively associated with painful procedures, ceremonies resulting in familial independence, and ceremonies focusing on fertility/sexuality.
|For all societies with initiation ceremonies, boys' ceremonies are positively associated with initiation in groups, having local/large group participation, or spiritual change.