Rel_Anth_Syllabus_SP_2009_Revised

Rel_Anth_Syllabus_SP_2009_Revised - RelS 148 / Anth 148...

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RelS 148 / Anth 148 Religion and Anthropology Spring Semester, 2009 Course Information Instructor : Dr. Mira Z. Amiras Department: Comparative Religious Studies, Humanities Department / Anthropology Course Codes: Anth 148—28172 RelS 148—28776 Class Time/Location: Mondays 1:30-4:15 in SH 241 Office Hours: Office Location: Clark Hall 437 Office Phone: 408 924-1364 E-mail: mira.amiras@sjsu.edu Preferred Contact: Office hours / email || Please do not email drafts or assignments Faculty Website: http://sjsu.edu/faculty/amiras/ Department Fax: 408 924-4372 Course Description The aim of this course is to acquaint the student with anthropological approaches to the study of religion, universals of ritual and belief, the evolution of religious ideation, and the cultural diversity of belief and practice. Emphasis will be placed on the growth and development of anthropological theory regarding religion as well as on ethnographic approaches to the study of religious and spiritual practice. First we will explore early approaches to the origin and development of religion. Next, we will examine symbolic classification in myth and ritual. We will then turn to understanding religious practices such as shamanism, witchcraft, divination, and ancestor worship. We will explore cross-culturally, the beliefs and practices relating to the “divine,” the “Other World,” and extraordinary states of consciousness. Last, we will analyze the dynamics of religious movements. This course is designed for the advanced student of religion and anthropology as well as for the student with no prior background in the field. Advanced students are encouraged to share their expertise and to continue their research in progress. Required Reading Select at least one book each from four of the following seven categories (or other relevant works by the same author) 1 st —Evolutionary Approaches Bachofen, B. MOTHER RIGHT Engels, F ORIGIN OF THE FAMILY, PRIVATE PROPERTY, AND THE STATE Frazer, J. THE GOLDEN BOUGH Freud, S. TOTEM AND TABOO / CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS Hertz, R. DEATH AND THE RIGHT HAND Kropotkin, P. MUTUAL AID: A FACTOR IN EVOLUTION Morgan, L. H. ANCIENT SOCIETY Tylor, E. PRIMITIVE CULTURE / RELIGION IN PRIMITIVE CULTURE 2 nd — Symbolic / Mythological Approaches Douglas, M. PURITY AND DANGER / NATURAL SYMBOLS (or other books) Dundes, A. THE EVIL EYE / CRACKING JOKES / VAMPIRES (and much more) Durkheim E. & M. Mauss PRIMITIVE CLASSIFICATION Kakar, S. THE ANALYST AND THE MYSTIC / SHAMANS, MYSTICS AND DOCTORS Leach, E. THE STRUCTURAL STUDY OF MYTH AND TOTEMISM Levi-Strauss, C THE RAW AND THE COOKED (and more) Spiro, M . BURMESE SUPERNATURALISM
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Dr. Mira Z. Amiras RelS/Anth 148 RELIGION AND ANTHROPOLOGY page 2 3 rd —Sociological / Early Anthropological Approaches Durkheim, E. ELEMENTARY FORMS OF RELIGIOUS LIFE Eliade, M. THE SACRED AND THE PROFANE / HISTORY OF RELIGIOUS IDEAS (Vol 1) James, Wm THE VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
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