First Advisor

Erica Ferg


Regis College

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access


The following paper is focused on revealing the influence that religious ritual initiations/rites of passages have on males from the religions of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. In the first section of the paper, I explain why it is important that the influence that religious ritual initiations have on males be studied. The second section covers the literature that was used to obtain my research results. The third section explains how the methodologies of content analysis and semiotics were incorporated into my research. In the fourth section, I reveal that practices such as self-control and discipline are common traits in how certain Muslims, Jews, and Christians construct manhood while also showing that religious pilgrimages have a high chance of influencing a person’s identity. Lastly, in the fifth section I discuss the limitations of my research while mentioning potential opportunities for further research to be done on the impacts ritual initiations have on people from other religions and non-religious groups.

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado