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According to Turner the ritual process involves of three different stages. The primary stage deals with segregation. Segregation is basically done by creating a sense of separation from ordinary social structures. Moreover, one is separated from the everyday flow of activities, involving a passage through a threshold state or limen into a ritual world removed from everyday notions of time and space. In other words, the participant is made to feel detached from the social structure surrounding him/her as well as the daily flow of activities. The second stage is known as luminal stage. In this particular stage the participant is outside of ‘normal’ society. Moreover, the participant is no longer a part of the society and has reached a neutral stage. In other words, one imagines an alternative sphere of equality, unity and transcendence. The final stage comprises of incorporation. The participant in this stage returns back to the society and becomes united or combined into an organized body. In other words, it’s like re-entering into the everyday world according to him. Rituals and rites of passage guide the development and realization of interpersonal bonds. Turner argues that it is this bonding that is the core of society and social values, meanings, and functions. This is a contrasting approach to other scholars who usually view ritual as in service to the social order. The passage through a liminal state tempers the pleasure of the individual in the new role, because this interpersonal reliance is realized. Liminality is a structured way for individuals to be without a social order, and therefore comprehend and maintain their dependence on it when they…...

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