Introduction to the training: How different is difference?

Our trainings allow for the target group to acquire knowledge, skills and competences by recognizing equalities and differences in cultures, religions and philosophies. We compiled information and exercises concerning four rites of passage (birth, adolescence, marriage and death) in 11 different cultures, religions and philosophies as a means to reflect on recognition, resemblance and difference.

The educational parcels should be seen as a tool box containing texts, interviews, photos and films that in their turn represent bricks. For every rite of passage and for every religion you can combine/build your own scenario horizontally, vertically or diagonal.

The horizontal scenario allows for participants to discuss one rite of passage through various cultures and religions (for example birth Islam and Catholicism). The vertical scenario allows for a depth training in all four rites as experienced in one culture or religion (for example all rites of passage in Hinduism). The diagonal scenario in its turn can address some rites in various cultures/religions or philosophies. 

Each training scenario is based in a  comparative approach. The aim is, to train skills and competences in understanding other cultures, religions and philosophies, and to increase tolerance by recognising universality.

Our documentation has been processed in concrete exercises. These exercises are distinguishable by colours that determine their respective character.

= the culture’s chart and a general introduction to the specific cultures/religions and philosophies.
= general introductive exercise.
= reflective or comparative exercise concerning the universality of the rites of passage (training material: film, photos etc). This material is used as a point of departure for discussion and reflection.
= comparative exercise
= final exercise

These 44 bricks can be combined eternally dependent on your time and needs.

Voorbeelden vormingsscenario’s

Voorbeeld 1: Verticaal vormingsscenario: overgangsrituelen binnen het vrijzinnig humanisme – voorstel voor een vorming in drie delen.

Voorbeeld 2: Horizontaal vormingsscenario: volwassen worden binnen het hindoeïsme en in de islam.


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.