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Narcissism, that is, love of seH vs. responsibility to the society in which one lives and the individuals in that society toward w~om one bears responsibility as an adult, is a central issue in all civilized cultures. It is beyond our scope here to describe the cultural sources of these themes in detail, but we ofter the following examples, illustrating their relation to adult development, to suggest how various peoples have dealt with the life cyde and conceptualized the process of maturing. CONFUCIANISM In the late Chow period, anarchy prevailed in China as ambitious feudal retainers overthrew their lords and pursued their own needs and goals.
The return to ordinary life is rarely made all at onee; in many societies return is aecomplished in stages that are similar to earlier initiation steps. Moreover, the transitional period usually eontinues beyond the time of delivery, although its duration varies among different peoples. Van Gennep's description of the customs of the Hopi Indians of Oraibi, Arizona touches on several of these eross-eultural themes: As a rule, her mother is present during labor, and the woman remains at horne; but neither her mother, her husband, her children, nor anyone else may be present at the delivery itself.