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Correct Symbols: All Firth asserts that symbolization is: . a universal human process. Taboos are very different from myths and symbols because: they restrict actions while myths and symbols usually affirm thought and behavior. Douglas suggests that an outside observer of taboo: often perceives other cultures' taboos as "irrational." At the end of this module, you should be able to: analyze religious symbolism and taboos as both making and made from social realities. According to Firth, the anthropological approach to the study of symbols: provides explanations of meaning that allow further understanding of social life. C. links the practice and meaning of symbolism to social events and structures in specific conditions. D. is comparative. Durkheim described the totems of Australian indigenous societies as symbols of: God and clans Basically, what Durkheim was arguing was that: society and the sacred reflect each other Which of the following taboos is found in all societies? Incest Wolf writes that the Virgin of Guadalupe represents all of these The Polynesians believed that the "seat of mana," or the soul aspect and ritual status was concentrated in: Head As a national symbol, the Virgin of Guadalupe is a cultural form that: All The scholar who referred to religion as a "cluster of scared symbols" was: Geertz Mana All Taboos are All Which of the following is NOT part of Douglas' argument? Individual freedom is easiest when we can just make every decision from scratch. WRONG Douglas asserts that, for all humans, the universe is: divided into pairs of binary opposites. an objective reality that must be recognized. is ordered by universal laws of nature.
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The glossary of your text defines symbol as “an object, gesture, word, or other representation to which an arbitrary shared meaning is given.” In other words, a symbol is something which stands for something else but that in and of itself has no meaning. All of the letters on this page are symbols. In fact, words themselves are symbols. Why is a chair a chair and not a table? A yellow ribbon on a tree is a symbol. Flags are symbols. Symbols are all around us. They are the building blocks of human communication. In fact, some anthropologists see all of human social and cultural behaviors as texts that can be read or performed. The domain of religious belief and practice in human life is particularly rife with symbols. Perhaps this is because of the very nature of religion as a human effort to explain the intangible, to explain experiences and emotions that reach beyond the observable world. Anthropologist Clifford Geertz has defined religion as “a cluster of sacred symbols” (1957: 424). In Module 3 we learned about totems in Australian indigenous life as symbols for a
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ANT 2511 taught by Professor Sinelli during the Spring '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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