Statesboro, GA, USA
"Rites of Passage" are not exclusively Jewish. But I don't think that their purpose is to declare maturity as much as to commence a journey ... or bring about an awareness of the goal. It's kind of like saying this: "Physically you are becoming a man, now let this solemn ritual urge you to become one also mentally, socially, and spiritually. " It is a ritual of becoming rather than arriving.