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Seclusion is the separation of a person from a larger community to ritually celebrate the transition or passage from one stage to another. In some ways, seclusion is synonymous with the first phase of the three major phases (separation, transition, and incorporation) in the concept of “rites of passage,” that is, the rites associated with the human life cycle (naming, puberty, marriage, and death). In some other ways, seclusion marks the beginning of the initiation into cult, priesthood, or traditional political status. The practice also comes up with the renewal of the community's beginning or during critical moments of personal or communal crisis. Seclusion is highly significant in terms of its cultural, social, spiritual, and political structure and contents.

Significance

Seclusion symbolizes a number of activities: cosmic ...

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