Crossing the Line: Violence, Play and Drama in Naval Equator Traditions

Crossing the Line: Violence, Play and Drama in Naval Equator Traditions

by Simon J. Bronner
     
 

For centuries, new sailors from European and North American countries have been subjected to an elaborate hazing at sea called “crossing the line.” Typically initiated upon a crossing of the equator, the beatings, dunkings, sexual play, and drinking displays that constitute crossing the line have in recent decades been banned by some fleets— but

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For centuries, new sailors from European and North American countries have been subjected to an elaborate hazing at sea called “crossing the line.” Typically initiated upon a crossing of the equator, the beatings, dunkings, sexual play, and drinking displays that constitute crossing the line have in recent decades been banned by some fleets— but they have also been the subject of staunch defenses and fond reminiscences. Crossing the Line studies the purpose and the changing meaning of the ceremony, substantially revising long-held assumptions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789053569146
Publisher:
Amsterdam University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
Amsterdam University Press - Meertens Ethnology Lectures Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.30(d)

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