Chapter 15- Religion - Chapter 15: Religion Animism: the...

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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 15: Religion Animism: the earliest form of religiona belief in spiritual beings Mana: a sacred impersonal force existing in the universe It can reside in people, animals, plants and objects Believed in by the Meanesians They thought of it like luck Attributed success with mana Objects with mana could change someones luck Taboo: set apart as sacred and off-limits to ordinary people Because high chiefs had so much manatheir bodies and possessions were taboo Contact between a high chief and commoners was forbidden Magic: Refers to supernatural techniques intended to accomplish specific aims Include: spells, formulas, and incantations uses with deities or impersonal forces Imitative Magic: o To produce a desired effect by imitating it o If magicians wish to injure or kill someoneimitate the effect on an image of the victim o Sticking pins in Voodoo dolls is an example Contagious Magic: o Whatever is done to an object Is believed to affect a person who ince had contact with it o Sometimes they use body products from prospective victimstheir hair or nails for example o...
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2011 for the course ANTHRCUL 101 taught by Professor Kirsch during the Summer '08 term at University of Michigan.

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Chapter 15- Religion - Chapter 15: Religion Animism: the...

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