The Archaeology of Ritual and Magic

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The Archaeology of Ritual and Magic 31/10/2007 13:10:00 Some terms Deities: culturally postulated suprahuman beings Magic: ways that humans attempt to control or manipulate supernatural forces  (deities, ancestral spirits, witches, or ghosts) Ritual: repeated activities meant to control or influence deities or patterned  behavior that has meaning Religion: set of rituals, symbols and sacred histories that explain a culture’s  origin and regulate interaction between humans and culturally postulated  extra-humans Revenants: a general category of dead who don’t stay dead…ghosts,  vampires Apotropaics: devices to turn away evil…protective Archaeologists see ritual which may or may not be part of religion How do we explain the treatment of the body after death? religious beliefs o i.e. which ways bodies are facing status o i.e. the stuff in a burial says their status (cheap coffin) health concerns o i.e. mid-1800s you get embalming (less likely to transmit different 
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  • Fall '07
  • Wilkie
  • Archaeology, Dracula, bodies dead History, vampire popularity Revenants, universal human concern

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