Unformatted text preview: Belief Systems
Supernatural belief: any belief that transcends the observable, natural world Functions of Belief Systems Integrative Validating Cohesive and Supportive functions Revitalization and Euphoria Education and Discipline ecological Explanation Explanatory Types of Beliefs Supernatural Beings Gods Supernatural Forces Demons Souls Ghosts Tricksters Witches Polytheistic monotheistic Souls Mana Magic Supernatural Practitioners Shaman Most common Parttime practitioners Supernaturally chosen mediator between the natural and supernatural realms Minister to physical and mental wellbeing of a community Priests Other terms, chaplain, pastor etc. Specialized fulltime practitioners Must learn to be intermedia...
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- Spring '08
- Anthropology of religion, supernatural realms Minister, Supernatural belief, Supernatural Practitioners