1. Hi Ben. I wrote a post once about Noah’s ark and the rainbow which might interest you:

    As far as other coming of age rituals, you need only look at the rituals of any indigenous peoples, and you will find them. The Hopi Indians have them, any native American groups have them, the Africans, the Australian aborigines, etc. You also find them in other groups, such as the Jewish Bar Mitzvah. They are very common.

  2. Bryan Hansen

    A somewhat different vestige of the Temple: when the Pope dies. One of his staff goes in and takes a special hammer. He then hits the pope on the forehead three times and asks him if he is dead. Does this sound familiar? Also in the dark ages, people were sown into their underwear.

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