Anth1023-Week7 - IntrotoAnth.CreationMythology...

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Intro to Anth.  “Creation Mythology” 2/24/14 Learning Objectives Articulate the common features of myths Explain the function of myths Overview: Religion, Magic & Worldview People like to be in control We look for explanations to give us comfort Oftentimes we look to supernatural Supernatural  = anything beyond the realm of normal experience  Religion  = the cultural knowledge of the supernatural that people use to cope with the  ultimate problems of human existence  Personified vs. Impersonal forces Today we will focus on myths… Myths  = stories that transmit culturally meaningful messages about the universe, the  natural and supernatural worlds, and a person’s place within them In the following activity you will try to define the function and features of myths by  looking at 3 examples Myths Myths deal with the big issues of human existence Where we came from Why we are here How to account for various features of the world Myths are not necessarily  false Myths reflect important aspects of a society (remember… culture is  integrated/patterned) Key Points Know the definitions of religion and the supernatural Know the difference between personified and impersonal supernatural forces Know that myths are going to deal with the BIG issues of society like our origins Know that we don’t care about the veracity of the myths: we care about what it  can tell us about the people and their beliefs
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Intro to Anth. “Magic & Religion” 2/26/14 Learning Objective
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Intro to Anth. “Magic & Religion” 2/26/14 Distinguish between magic & religion Recall the different types of religions that anthropologists study When did it start??
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