This course opened many doors in the mind to what structures there are in all of mankind. Week 3, 4, and 6 were the most interesting to me because the moments involved with rituals and cultural differences are some of the most deep rooted aspects of life. The meaning behind every ritual is almost uncanny in tracing back just how far these practices date. I spoke about graduation and how it was a right of passage into professional adulthood and I am sure many cultural differences come into play. The cultural staple of American graduation is flipping the tassel from the right side to the left as the recent graduate crosses the stage. Another cultural staple for this ritual is the classic composition of music when the graduates walk down the aisle into their seats or across the stage as they receive their diploma.
Kinship is related to right of passage and rituals because a wedding is one of the most classic rituals done in human nature. There has been an evolution through the years as to what is valued in the ritual but the main factor is still apparent. Agreeing to a social, legal, and emotional bond through two people which in the end makes a structure. A married couple withholds many, many social structures within itself may it be becoming parents, role models, and contributing to the family kinship chart through becoming a new aunt/uncle or sister/brother-in-law.
There is a lifelong, meaningful connection between two humans in marriage. Globalization and cultural differences take the wedding into certain directions based on geography but all three weeks tie into one fold in this situation. Researching different marital practices through each religion, culture, or country is something that exemplifies the values of the region. May it be stomping on a glass, exchanging vows, or being lifted up onto chairs. There is meaning behind every social structure.