"Rites of passage are meant to honor the experience of personal and collective transformation. Ifa teaches us that the arms of a child are too short to reach the top of the altar. Likewise, the hands of an adult are too large to reach into a medicine gourd. Therefore, what adults ask the children to do, let them do it. And what the children ask adults to do, let them comply, because there are things that a father does for his son. Rites of passage codify this exchange in ways that ensure that the collective consciousness is raised with every generation. To be more clear, the elders and youth learn from one another. When the rituals disappear, everyone loses; men, women, children and elders alike. This is why orisa lifestyle places such strong emphasis on ritual governance. Through rites of passage, the collective consciousness becomes focused on a single, shared vision. This is essential to living to medicine "
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