Today, my thirteen year old, after two years of study experienced the tradition and ritual of the rite of Confirmation. The festivities are over and finally I have the chance to examine the question plaguing me this weekend.
If all societies have traditions and rituals meant to protect and perpetuate their belief systems, what then do Vampires, Werewolves and the like do celebrate their milestones?
In some books, puberty is a rite marked by a shifters first change. In others, it is the mating dance or call. In some, I’ve heard of the first hunt or the first kill celebrated as a rite of passage. I wracked my brain for a vampire ceremony, but all I could think of was the turning of a vampire born.
It was in a book I read long ago, where the heroine meets her hero on the night she is to turn. Now, I can remember whether it happened “naturally” or if something was required to start the process.
The only rituals I can think of for ghost are exorcisms.
I can’t help but think that there have to be others. After all these are creatures based on human even if they have immortal or long life or, have abilities from other creatures. After all, even creatures in the wild have been known to mourn their dead and they are not human.