Secrets of the City
Mikhail Ivanovich Volkonsky
A fallen prince searching for a purpose.
of or relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.
In anthropology, liminality (from the Latin word līmen, meaning “a threshold”1) is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rituals, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the ritual is complete. During a ritual’s liminal stage, participants “stand at the threshold” between their previous way of structuring their identity, time, or community, and a new way, which the ritual establishes.