GUIDELINES FOR THE FIELD TRIP PROJECT
What do you see, hear, smell, taste, or touch while you are participating in this service?
Do some/any of these stands out?
Does it appear as if they meant to, and if so, why?
What feelings do you experience/pick up in yourself and in the other participants?
What is the mood in the environment?
Does it change at different moments?
When is there silent?
Do people close their eyes? When?
When are the senses most active during the service? When do they seemingly “shut off”?
What symbol — icons or other special objects — can you observe?
Are the symbols representations of sacred persons, of God/god(s), or of important places or events in the
‘mythos’ of this particular religious tradition?
Are they perhaps abstractions or non-representative figures/shapes?
What art forms are employed in this religious celebration of life, i.e. music, sculpture, painting, dance, etc. .
Are there batiks rugs cups, plates, and other artifacts?
What role do these play in the environment?
a central symbol?
Is an underlying myth implied?
How do you know them to be of central importance in this religious celebration of life?
What clothing are
the leaders of this service wearing?
Is the dress symbolic?
What restrictions, if any, were placed in your address?
Why? What symbolic gestures or motions do the
other participants make?
What texts are read/proclaimed/sung, and by whom?
What is the content of the text?
Are prayers recited?
What words are spoken, and what language (s) used?
Is the linguistic medium modern or archaic?
What was the impact upon you?
How is the ‘original religious experience’ of the tradition mediated verbally to the participants in the ritual?
Is there a homily/sermon?
Who delivers it?
What is its content?
Is there a spoken dialogue between
congregational and leader (if there is a leader)?
What meaning or content does this dialogue have?
How and what do the sermon, prayers, music, art,
silence, or other means of communication tell you about the worldview of this religious tradition?