Ch. 14 - Religion and Worldview

Ch. 14 - Religion and Worldview - ANTH101 Week10...

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ANTH101  Week 10 Religion and Worldview  November 5, 2009 I. Anthropology of Religion a. Nearly universal in human culture b. Study world religions as well (wide spread, not only in its originating  location) i. Ex: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam c. Not all religions have distinct ideas about spiritual beings d. Beliefs and actions that surround ideas of the supernatural, conception of  the sacred II. What is Religion? a. Beliefs about the supernatural (not mutually exclusive) i. Animism – belief that the natural world is inhabited by spirits,  focuses on individual, personal spirits ii. Animatism – the belief in a certain supernatural power or a  supernatural force, usually understood as a impersonal force iii. Theism – belief in one or more gods or deities b. Myth – narrative or story, considered foundational in some respect to a  particular religious tradition, can offer a blueprint for society and social life c. Worldview – the way we see the world, how we interpret reality d. Symbol – arbitrary, no inherent meaning, culturally constructed meaning
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