Seclusion of girls at puberty  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The seclusion of girls at puberty has been practiced in many societies around the world, especially prior to the early 20th century. In these cultures, the daughter's puberty, because of menstruation and the widespread ideas of uncleanness was more special than that of a son. These societies practised various rites of passage, many of which, as modern trends such as industrialization swept across their value systems, completely disappeared or lost their original forms. However, these disappearing practices bear their own anthropological significance, as they are indicative of the way of life of the people who lived in those societies. Some anthropological studies have covered a wide spectrum of such puberty rites which demanded the seclusion of the pubescent girls for a certain period.

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