Initiation (disambiguation)

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Initiation is a rite of passage marking entrance or acceptance into a group or society.


  • Bora (Australian), both an initiation ceremony of Indigenous Australians, and the site on which the initiation is performed
  • Buddhist initiation ritual, the public ordination ceremony wherein a lay student of Buddhism receives certain Buddhist precepts
  • Hazing, refers to the practice of rituals, challenges, and other activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group including a new fraternity, sorority, team, or club
  • Initiation (guru), a diksha, or giving of a mantra or an initiation by the guru in Indian religions
  • Initiation (Theosophy), a concept about the levels of spiritual development
  • Initiation ritual (mafia), a ceremony involving significant ritual, oaths, blood, and an agreement
  • Masonic initiation rituals, part of the Masonic ritual and symbolism
  • Ndut initiation rite, a rite of passage as well as a religious education commanded by Serer religion
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a process developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism who are above the age of infant baptism
  • Sacraments of initiation, three rites that introduce a person into the Christian Church

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