A Passage from Profane to Sacred: A Representation of the Passage ceremony of the Myth

Structuralists claim that there is a common mental structure shaping rite of passage in all primitive societies around the world. This stable pattern does not change in form but undergoes some alterations in its content. This article shows that the myth of Zaal follows the same pattern that the rite of passage does. Zaal takes part in a rite in which learns metaphysical lessons from his tutor Simorgh; like the primitive Chosen One, Zaal reaches a new status of wisdom and ability in his society after going through the rite of passage. His rite also includes participation of heavenly creatures like Simorgh. Zaal gains witchcraft and healing abilities once he abandoned badness and tended to Goodness and consequently gained Farrah and became a divine being as result of the above-said tendency. This article tries to picture that the narrative pattern of the Zaal myth is very much similar to the rite of passage structure in the primitive societies.
Iranian Journal of Anthropology, Volume:9 Issue: 15, 2013
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