ANTH Lec Starting from Nov 8

ANTH Lec Starting from Nov 8 - Anthropology 104 Lecture...

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Anthropology 104 Lecture Outlines Nov 8 – Dec 6 2007 From powerpoint slides NOVEMBER 8, 2007 (LECTURE #20) Mappurondo Ritual (see study materials item 10) NOVEMBER 13, 2007 (FILM: Kataragama: A God for All Seasons)(#21) (See study materials item 16) NOVEMBER 15, 2007 (LECTURE #22) Today’s Guest Speaker: Anthropologist and novelist Kirin Narayan FIELDWORK --Nasik, Western India, in 1983 and 1985 --Swamiji—a sadhu or holy man -- sannyasi or renouncer --a guru or teacher --teaching through folk narrative --many of his stories were about sadhus , presented as simpleton, saint, scoundrel, storyteller (Many pictures) Rev. Tennant 1804 Indian Recreations , from Duncan, Jonathan. 1798 ‘An account of Two Fakeers with their Portraits’ Asiatick Researches J.C. Oman The Mystics, Ascetics and Saints of India (1905) Saptashring Where Sage Markandeya recited an epic of 700 verses to the Goddess Two Stories 9:55 lecture Pandit Ladoo tapasya Shiva and Parvati 11:00 lecture
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King Janaka Ashtavakra Atman Swamiji poised to tell a story Guru Purnima: full moon sacred to the Guru --religion points inward, towards experience, deep emotions (“the religious”), the transformation of consciousness --religion points outward, towards society and codified social structure, institutions, roles, rules, divisions --the particulars of religious experience are culturally produced FIELDWORK IN KANGRA, NW INDIA
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NOVEMBER 20, 2007 (LECTURE #23) Topics for today’s lecture Final Remarks on Religion Pre-modern Political Formations Nationalism and Nations Religion Points covered so far Both individual and collective, experiential and meaningful, pointing inward and outward Maintains social order e.g., Mappurondo rituals Explains and guides e.g., Swamiji & disciples Solves crises and problems e.g., Kataragama festival Our examples so far have all come from the Hindu world Case Study: A Semelai Shaman’s Journey (Malaysia) A shaman is a ritual specialist who through trance can enter an alternate reality in order to acquire knowledge and to help others World religions Individual Salvation, Communal Utopias, and Emphasis on Transcendent Truths Buddhism Christianity Islam Religious movements Anti-colonial and postcolonial struggle
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Meyapi cults (early 20th century Sulawesi) Islamic Revivalism Religious movements Fundamentalisms Deep reaction to modernity, globalization, and the movement of people and ideas Fear of uncertainty and hybridity Dreams of a return to “purity” Felt in every major religious tradition: (Islam, Christianity, Hinduism) Often linked to state politics Mixing of religion with the state Religion and religious ideas provided basic framework for political authority and power Divine authority & kingship (examples: pre-modern Java & pre-modern Sudan) Official state religions in contemporary era (Contrast: Turkey & Indonesia with Malaysia) Debates over religious sphere Amish in the U.S.
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