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Opening the Doors of Wonder: Reflections on Religious Rites of Passage

Arthur Magida


This book explores rites of passage in America by sifting through the accounts of influential thinkers who experienced them. The author explains the underlying theologies, evolution, and actual practice of Jewish bar and bat mitzvahs, Christian confirmations, Hindu sacred thread ceremonies, Muslim shahadas and Zen Jukai ceremonies. In rare interviews, renowned artists and intellectuals such as 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 many more talk intima ... More

Keywords: rites of passage, bar mitzvahs, Christian confirmations, sacred thread ceremonies, Muslim shahadas, Zen Jukai ceremonies, coming of age

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520245457
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520245457.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arthur Magida, author