Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of passage? His father takes him deep into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.
Rite of passage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia... note the part about Laboratory experiments have shown that severe initiations produce cognitive dissonance. It is theorized that such dissonance heightens group attraction among initiates after the experience, arising from internal justification of the effort used. Rewards during initiations have important consequences in that initiates who feel more rewarded express stronger group identity.
Rite of Passage by Maggie Steber | MediaStorm. "The images speak to the pain of loss, the complexities of a mother-daughter relationship and the fragility of life." Every piece by MediaStorm is lovely, but this is my new favorite.