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Celebrations During a Traditional Wedding on the Island of Rhodes

WithPatricia Riak

This paper uses a processual approach to the study of dance ritual in order to understand the meaning of a dance-the sousta of Rhodes-as embedded in a wider ritual complex for life-cycle transformation. In his seminal 1969 book, The Ritual Process: Structure and Antistructure, Victor Turner defines society as an entity, flowing and changing, that creates transformational social tasks for the individual.1 Of particular importance is the change of social status brought about through “life-crisis” rites that involve the experience of liminality and communitas. A “betwixt and between state” for the individual, liminality functions as the antithesis of status in the structural domain.