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  1. jaleel2007's Avatar
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    rights of passage

    Hi,
    What are the meaning of "rights of passage" and "good sing" in the following sentence.

    "Community, spirituality, the search for meaning, ethics, rights of passage, mutual support, a chance to have a good sing, the experience of beauty and wonder — all these have been part and parcel of the institution of religion."

    I look at dictionary but still have problem.

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    Re: rights of passage

    Rituals that show a transition from one thing to another. Confirmation, naming ceremonies, bar/bat mitzvahs, becoming an adult in your religious institution. Those are all rights of passive.

    A good sing is a good time singing together. Hymns, etc. Some are more exciting and energetic than others.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: rights of passage

    Quote Originally Posted by jaleel2007 View Post
    Hi,
    What are the meaning of "rights of passage" and "good sing" in the following sentence.

    "Community, spirituality, the search for meaning, ethics, rights of passage, mutual support, a chance to have a good sing, the experience of beauty and wonder — all these have been part and parcel of the institution of religion."

    I look at dictionary but still have problem.
    It is "rites" of passage. See definitions here: rite of passage - definition of rite of passage by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    A "good sing" probably refers to the group singing of religious songs.

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    Re: rights of passage

    Yikes! Rites of passage, not rights of passive. Thank you SO MUCH auto-correct! (Thanks for clearing up any confusion that could have resulted from that.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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