Crossing the Line: Violence, Play, and Drama in Naval by Simon J. Bronner

By Simon J. Bronner

For centuries, new sailors from eu and North American nations were subjected to an tricky hazing at sea referred to as “crossing the line.” quite often initiated upon a crossing of the equator, the beatings, dunkings, sexual play, and consuming monitors that represent crossing the road have in contemporary many years been banned through a few fleets— yet they've got additionally been the topic of staunch defenses and fond memories. Crossing the road studies the aim and the altering which means of the rite, considerably revising long-held assumptions.

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J. ), Verhalen van het Water: Scheepvaart en mensen in de twintigste eeuw (Amsterdam: Stg. Jahrhunderts: Aspekte der Gewalt in einem berufsspezifischen Initiationsbrauch,’ in Rolf W. ), Gewalt in der Kultur (Passau: Universität Passau, ) -. Heike Dusberg, ‘Äquatortaufe und Containerschiffe: Ein maritimer Brauch im Wandel der Zeit,’ Kieler Blätter zur Volkskunde  () -. Arnold van Gennep, The Rites of Passage, trans. B. Vizedom and G. L. Caffee (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, ); Barbara Myerh-  .

Anthropology and American Life (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, ) -. ’ Hersh, ‘Crossing the Line,’ . An example of a customary dialogue for the reception of Davy Jones is in Leland P. Lovette, Naval Customs: Traditions and Usage (Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Institute, ) -. Ibid. Although not frequently reported, this feature is described by several informants in Zeeland, Sailors and Sexual Identity, -, , , , , , , . See also Hersh, ‘Crossing the Line,’ .

The occasion was the passing of the area of what mariners call ‘the Raz’, a cape on the Brittany coast at a point it juts out toward the open waters of the Atlantic between the English Channel and Bay of Biscay.  It was, as the equator was perceived, a socially constructed line dividing ‘here’ and ‘out there,’ home on land and away at sea. The French, he reported, performed a ceremony, ‘which at this passage, and some other places, is used by the Mariners, and by them called Baptism’: The Masters Mate cloathed himself with a ridiculous sort of garment, that reached unto his feet, and on his head he put a sutable Cap, which was made very burlesque.

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