120.T12 - CSULB Instructor George M Scott ANTHROPOLOGY 120...

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1 CSULB Instructor: George M. Scott ANTHROPOLOGY 120 INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY OUTLINE TOPIC 11 RELIGION " MYSTERIUM TREMENDUM ET FASCINOSUM" (WESTON LA BARRE C THE GHOST DANCE ) I. INTRODUCTION A. Basic Definition B. Implications a. Human Behavior Verbal (Belief/Myth) and Nonverbal (Ritual). b. Culturally Universal. c. The Supernatural Both Beings and Forces (Personal and Impersonal). II. ORIGIN OF RELIGION A. Neanderthal ( Homo sapiens neanderthalensis ) Burials B. E. B. Tylor and Animism 1. Dreams→Human Soul→Spirits of Nature 2. Evolution From Animism (Primitive) to Polytheism (Barbaric) to Monotheism (Civilized). C. Robert R. Marett and Animatism 1. Predates Animism 2. Impersonal, Imminent Force D. Sir James Frazer, Magic, and Religion 1. Religion Evolves Out of Magic (="Primitive Science").
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2 2. Imitative Magic "Law of Similarity." 3. Contagious Magic "Law of Contact or Contagion." III. MYTH A. Every Society Tries to Constrain the Randomness of Events
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