9781573922661

Grand Canyon Celebration

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  • ISBN13:

    9781573922661

  • ISBN10:

    1573922668

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-04-01
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books

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Summary

When Brandon was born, Michael Quinn Patton began pondering how best to celebrate the day his son would become a man. As a sociologist, Patton was intrigued with the rich history of coming-of-age rites of passage for young men, dating to ancient tribal cultures. But as a humanist he was wary of contemporary men's movements and their stressing of new age spiritualities. When Brandon turned 18, Patton took his son to a place of mystery and wonder-the Grand Canyon-where they could explore together what it means to come of age. With an anthropologist as their guide, Patton and his son hiked the magnificent and dangerous canyon, exploring the oldest exposed rock on Earth while delving deeply into ancient coming-of-age myths like the Grail Legend. They found themselves faced with choices between fundamentally opposed paradigms: tribe-based warrior initiation and an emergent humanist celebration of father-son bonding and rational deliberation. Written in the tradition of "The Man Who Walked Through Time", and "Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", this is the story of the Pattons' remarkable journey of discovery as they learn about history and geology, false spirituality, facing danger together, and what it means to be a man in today's world. Patton cuts across many branches of social thought and belief: humanism, scepticism, father-son relations and men's movements, liberal religions, mythology, psychology, and social science. Life-affirming lessons of mutuality and acceptance are captured in Grand Canyon Celebration, a timeless memoir for all families as they journey through the canyons of their own lives.

Table of Contents

List of Maps
11(2)
Preface 13(6)
Day One 19(70)
Vishnu Metamorphism
21(8)
First Glimpse of Temples and Gods
29(6)
Ritual Beginning
35(8)
Anticipation
43(6)
Detox
49(4)
Harvey
53(8)
Hermit Shale
61(8)
Redwall
69(8)
Meeting the Wild Man
77(12)
Day Two 89(60)
The Inner Gorge
91(8)
Quest
99(10)
Totem
109(8)
Tapeats
117(8)
The Great Unconformity
125(6)
Iron John's Test
131(12)
Moon Shadow
143(6)
Day Three 149(34)
River
151(10)
Water Knowledge
161(6)
The Erosion of Manners
167(6)
The Great Rift
173(10)
Day Four 183(50)
Abyssus Abyssum Invocat
185(8)
In Context
193(6)
Skeptical Inquiry
199(8)
Merlin Pool
207(12)
The Real Abyss
219(8)
Original Sin
227(6)
Day Five 233(20)
Rim-World Intrusion
235(6)
The King's Daughter
241(12)
Day Six 253(30)
Mercedes
255(6)
Diddly-Squat
261(4)
Warrior
265(10)
Powell Was Powell
275(8)
Day Seven 283(18)
Lost and Found
285(6)
Dutton Point
291(10)
Day Eight 301(18)
Solstice
303(8)
Ironic John
311(8)
Day Nine 319(10)
Lancelot Point
321(8)
Day Ten 329(2)
Epilogue: Reflections on Coming of Age, A Humanist Perspective 331(18)
Bibliography 349(10)
About the Author 359

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