Juba is a borderland city - situating in the most southern part of Sudan, in close proximity of border with Kenya, Uganda, Congo DR and Central African Republic. These limitation of this district of Southern Sudan harmonizes with the thresholds of historical periods of Juba and the whole of Southern Sudan, always hung somewhere between crisis and stabilization, war and peace, chaos and order. In the case of this particular city, the so called 'borders' are being constantly intensified by very vivid urban development. Juba is currently in the phase of creation. Furthermore, it is also a place of intensive influence of many phenomena of a transforming nature - e.g. globalization or informal commercial trade exchange. All those causes make it possible for a specific culture to maintain, both in meaning and the processual sense very close to the third phase of Arnold's van Gennep rites de passage - 'trespassing rituals'. In this case there is also the association with another grand ethnologist - Victor Turner, and his theory on the ritual of the liminality.
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