Ritual Project: “La Boda,” a Mexican Wedding
Rite of passage marks a time when a person experiences a new and important change in his or her life. It is a significant transition from one status to another that in many cases societies support their members to change pattern behaviors. In many cultures; for example, these rites of passage occur when the youth enter adulthood, or some others enter to college, or maybe to the university. Mexico is not an exception of these rites of passage. In fact, one of the most distinguish rite of passage for the Mexican culture is “La Boda” (The Wedding), and it is well known for its traditional religious fervor.
The rite of celebrating of wedding in most cultures is associated with fecundity; however, it is also validate the importance of this union as a continuation of our society. The origin of this rite came from the ancient world, perhaps 4,350 years old according some studies; nevertheless, a religious point of view said, “ it is true that the first to chapter of Genesis have been foundational support of marriage in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, as well as for the culture and law in the societies they have influenced.” (Mack :5). Indeed, this influence has been reflected vastly in Mexico.
Part I: The Ritual
“La Boda” in the Mexican culture is a ceremony that is performed by a bride and a groom. It is a major life event in terms of changed social status, and it is mostly achieved in churches by a minister or priest. Music play an important role to the service as well as guests and families. Certainly, in the presence of friends and family, the couple will declared the vows, and the two individuals will become part of each other, creating a new family. There is not a dou...
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... found enormous similitudes in both cultures, and “La Boda” as rite of passage, is one finest examples. I had the change to attend a several Mexican weddings, and I will never get tired to celebrate the happiness of these ceremonies. One particular experience that I remember was when I was invited to a wedding and I went with my spouse. Since we have received the invitation to my name with the additional words “and family”, It never crossed my mind that the invitation was extensive for my entire family too (kids and parents who used to like with us). When at the ceremony friends of mine asked me, “where are your kids and parents?” I said, “They didn’t get an invitation” everybody laughed at me. I understood later, one of the differences that my country has about invitations. When Mexican weddings says “you and your family”; certainly, they meant it.