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Comparative Religion Terms Shamanism- belief system that deals with communication with the spiritual world; there are many different variations but most deal with same principle beliefs. The main beliefs include: spirits are an important part in human life, spirits can be good or bad, they engage in trances, animals are sacred and can be message bearers; they believe they have the power to cure illnesses, they are gurus. Totemism- religious belief associated with shamanism; the totem is a symbol, usually an animal or another natural figure that represents a clan spiritually Animism- the belief that all objects have a soul; animals, vegetables, and minerals have personalized souls Durkheim- French sociologist who wrote the first journal of sociology and helped establish sociology as an accepted social science; conducted many studies dealing with education, suicide, religion, crime etc. Levi- Strauss- French anthropologist; developed structuralism to understand society and culture Collective consciousness- type of awareness through understanding how we recognize ourselves in others; one’s identity goes beyond the individual and embraces other’s personalities to identify
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course RHET 1101 taught by Professor Evans during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson.

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