A person about to be initiated.
- Boys were frequently dressed as girls in such contexts; child-priests may originate in initiation rituals; and the death of the youths in the sanctuary is reminiscent of the common mythology of initiation, in which the initiands die.
- During this ambiguous period, the common attributes of initiands are stressed, originating a peculiar social bond that Turner calls communitas.
- The ritual dissolution of normal social forms, as initiands are ritually refashioned, allows for a juggling of the normal factors of existence, a freeing of creative potential.
Early 20th century: from Latin initiandus, from initiare 'to initiate'.
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