Initiation is a rite of passage ceremony marking entrance or acceptance into a group or society. It could also be a formal admission to adulthood in a community or one of its formal components. In an extended sense it can also signify a transformation in which the initiate is 'reborn' into a new role.

Examples of initiation ceremonies might include Hindu diksha, Christian baptism or confirmation, Jewish bar or bat mitzvah, acceptance into a fraternal organization, secret society or religious order, or graduation from school or recruit training.

A person taking the initiation ceremony in traditional rites, such as those depicted in these pictures, is called an initiate or initiand.

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London International School Of Performing Arts - Initiation Course
... The Initiation Course focuses on Physical vocal preparation and observation of the physical world, enabling the student to transpose these elements through the body and the space around them ... The Initiation Course culminates with a final project or Investigation where the students are given a longer time to develop a public presentation based on observation of a particular theme or subject of ...
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... The Satere-Mawe people use intentional bullet ant stings as part of their initiation rites to become a warrior ... The goal of this initiation rite is to keep the glove on for a full ten minutes ... To fully complete the initiation, however, the boys must go through the ordeal a total of 20 times over the course of several months or even years ...
Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha - Initiation
... The sacred initiation ceremony was held on May 22, 1931 ... thirteen years old at the time of his initiation into Sannyasa (Asceticism) ...

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    The difficult and risky task of meeting and mastering the new—whether it be the settlement of new lands or the initiation of new ways of life—is not undertaken by the vanguard of society but by its rear. It is the misfits, failures, fugitives, outcasts and their like who are among the first to grapple with the new.
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