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Anthropology and religion The social and cultural signifcance oF religion Thursday, February 17, 2011
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Religion defined “A social institution characterized by sacred stories; symbols and symbolism; the proposed existence of immeasurable beings, powers, states, places, and qualities; rituals and means of addressing the supernatural; speciFc practitioners and change.” Thursday, February 17, 2011
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Cultural importance/ characteristics Religions composed of stories that members believe are important Extensive use of symbols and symbolism Propose the existence of beings, powers, states, places, and qualities that cannot be measured scientiFcally Include rituals and speciFc means of addressing the supernatural Presence of expert individuals Subject to change Thursday, February 17, 2011
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Animism The notion that all objects, living and non-living, are imbued with spirits. Thursday, February 17, 2011
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Animism Animism Polytheism Monotheism The evolution of religion as part of the more general human progression toward logic and rationality Edward Tylor Social Evolutionists Thursday, February 17, 2011
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Animism A view that has been discredited today - no religion is any more or less logical than any other - focus instead on the ways in which religion operates in societies and ways in which it creates meaning in human life. Thursday, February 17, 2011
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Animism A view that has been discredited today - no religion is any more or less logical than any other - focus instead on the ways in which religion operates in societies and ways in which it creates meaning in human life. Snakes handlers in West Virginia and
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2011 for the course ANTH 210 taught by Professor Brainlane during the Spring '11 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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