Friday, August 27, 2010
Initiation ritual at the university .... back in the days
Inauguration Rituals are known from many places, and manhood tests are a good example. Here the boy through some tests to call himself a man. Beginning at the university is the same - now it's just in a more civilized form. Here, we celebrate that new students are going from high school to university, and a new era in their lives has its beginning.
Inauguration Rituals has a somewhat mixed reputation. Who has not heard grim stories from the military, where new recruits were subjected to daily torture, or boarding schools somewhat heavy-handed treatment of new students?
We must not go more than a few hundred years left before it was still natural for the new students at Copenhagen University began their studies to get beaten. They wanted simply to tap into wisdom and old bad habits out