Boek Overgangsrituelen voorkantThe book ‘Rites of passage, bridges between the other and the equal’ brings religions, philosophies and cultures together by focussing on the important moments in life such as birth, adulthood, marriage and death. We see that human beings all feel a need for ritualizing those moments. These rites of passage described concern Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Liberal Humanism, Aborigines (Australia), Betamaribe (West-Africa), Inuit (Eastern Greenland) and Kuna Indians (Central America).

The book is illustrated with interviews and life stories of insiders. While reading you can empathize with the other while you may recognize the ritual in your own culture. At the end of the book you’ll find a comparative study, a description of the differences and the similarities between rituals in religions, philosophies and cultures. The book contains over 350 colourful illustrations.

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Christian Van Kerckhove.

Eva vans (eds).


This beautifully illustrated book ‘Rites of passage’ was presented in Ghent at ‘Het Vredeshuis’ on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. and at the annual book fair in Antwerp from October 31 to November 11, 2010. On February 19th 2011 it was presented in Boekhandel Limerick (click for folder).


The book ‘Rites of passage’ is basic work for educational parcels, training and working sessions. View our training documentation: How different is the difference?


Attend various lectures in ‘Het huis van Alijn’ Ghent. .


On Friday, November 26, 2010 Seminary on Traditions and Rituals. In cooperation with Volkskunde Vlaanderen. View the full program.


Following the publication of the book ‘Rites of passage’ three exhibitions were put together. The exhibitions are subdivided in modules. Currently these modules are travelling around Flanders. Read more.