Coming of age

All around the world adolescents are becoming adults right before our very eyes through rites of passages (coming of age). Each religion is different when it comes to coming of age. Some have a Bar mitzvah on their thirteenth birthday, some have very religious ceremonies, some even have boys jumping over bulls with horns and if they don't fall and die then they are now a man. These coming of ages hold a high significance. All around the world the coming of age ceremonies are very different and some are taken lightly, and some are taken seriously. In this brochure you will learn things that you probably wouldn't hear about on a everyday basis.


For boys they have a bar mitzvah (The ceremony is optional, when a boy turns 13 he is automatically bar mitzvah when they are 13. "Bar" meaning son and Mitzvah meaning "commandment" so it literally means "son of commandment". He is recognized by jewish religion as a full grown man and having the rights as a full grown man. He is now responsible for his decisions and actions. For females it's the same thing accept they have a Bat mitzvah and they have it when they turn 12 years of age.

Source 1:

"From time immemorial, Jewish custom has been to mark this milestone with a synagogue ceremony welcoming the bar mitzvah boy to the world of Jewish adulthood and initiating him in the opportunities and responsibilities that come along with his new status."
Bar Mitzvah 101

Analysis: At a certain age a child becomes a man or a woman. This quote is stating that they get recognized as adults and assume the responsibilities of an adult. They are responsible for all decisions and actions and are treated and punished as an adult. it's a big deal but the ceremony is not necessary.

Muslim: Baaligh. Baaligh happens when a child reaches puberty (menstrual cycles, wet dreams and pubic hair for box sexes).

Source 2:

" In many religions and cultures, children go through an important rite of passage to mark their transition from child to adult. In Christianity, Roman Catholics have Confirmation; Jews have a Bar Mitzvah (for boys) and a Bat Mitzvah (for girls), celebrated at ages 13 and 12 respectively. Latino girls celebrate Quinceanera, the Japanese recognize young adults at the age of 20 during a ceremony called Seijin Shiki… the list goes on and on."


Analysis: All religions and races have their own rite of passage. The rite of passage or coming of age is very important and is a new milestone in life. With a baaligh it's not actually a big deal, it's like when you get puberty and you tell your parents or either keep it to yourself. Even though it's not a huge deal ceremony wise, it holds a significance of you now becoming an adult. (Because non-religion wise you are still a child)

Hinduism: A girl goes through a ceremony in which she is prepared as a "wife in training". She learns all of the skills she needed so that at 13 she can get married (this was way back in the day. Now and days it isn't really a big deal.

Source 3:

"When I Googled "ritu kala, " the results were far from satisfactory. Realizing that the Internet world could never give me the information I was seeking, I asked my grandmother about it. She said that, like the coming-of-age society balls of the Victorian Era in England, thissamskara (sacrament) was supposed to commemorate a girl's formal initiation into adult society. Yet unlike those secular and social parties of England, it was also supposed to signify an important point in the spiritual development of a girl."

Most the girls had indeed participated in the ceremony. This in itself was surprising to me, even though--as one described it--"the whole thing was no big deal." According to one girl, it was a very small event performed at home with no priest: "just mom, dad, my sister and me. And I didn't get anything."

Hindu coming of age

Analysis: In this text the author speaks about how the Hindu ritual of coming-of-age is no longer taken seriously and is somewhat taboo. Back in the day a in India a female had a major role as a mother, cook, cleaning lady so she had to be prepared as a child so that she will automatically know what to do when she got older. This author feels as though they should keep the tradition alive (Maybe not getting married at 13 but to get girls ready for their future as a wife). She feels as though these girls should be prepared so that they can use their skills in life because they are the Mothers of tomorrow. It's seen more of as just a birthday party then a great ceremony of child to woman.

Conclusion: Each religion, culture, and place has their own coming of age. Where children become adults and are responsible. Responsible for me, you, and everyone in the community. They are our adults for tomorrow and for the future. We should respect everyones way of coming of age and any other rituals.