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Week 7: Religion, Magic and Worldview 02/03/2010 12:18:00 Anthropology 102, Spring 2010 Week 7: Religion, Magic and Worldview (Tuesday, March 2, 2010) Religion  The  cultural knowledge  of the  supernatural  that people use to cope with  the  ultimate problems of human existence . Ideas and practices that postulate  reality beyond  that which is immediately  available to the senses. Supernatural   realm beyond normal experience All that is non-ordinary, mysterious, unexplainable, in the extra-ordinary realm  outside but believed to impinge upon the observable world  ********************************************** Religion
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Belief in the supernatural beings, forces and supernatural power  Includes distinction between the  sacred  (common moral values and  collective beliefs) and  profane  (perceived reality).   Includes the  symbolic expression of feelings  and  rituals performed both  individually and in groups  for the purpose of positively  influencing  supernatural powers  (distinct from “world view”) ************************************************** The functions of Religion Functions to  define and pattern the unknown  in order to make it  predictable  and thus cope with it   Explains the way the world is and the appropriate stance to take  Validates particular way of feeling, acting and being in the world * Addresses the  ultimate problems   and provides  transcendent values.   ************************************************ Ultimate Problems
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Universal human problems, such as death, the explanation of evil and the meaning of  life, and transcendent values  ************************************* Transcendent Values Values that override differences in a society and unify the group. (e.g. Thou shall  not murder, steal, etc.) *************************************** Personified Supernatural Force Supernatural force  inherent in supernatural  beings such as goddesses, gods, spirits,  ancestors, ghosts found in the divine world. Example: Bhils of India: A  bhut or ghost, has the power to cause skin lesions and  wasting disease.   Bhagwan  controls the universe. Judaism, Islam, and Christianity are all Abrahamic religions *****************************************
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Impersonal Supernatural Force  ( Mana ) free-floating force  lodged in many things and places. Akin to the 
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2011 for the course ANTH 102 taught by Professor Kalantary during the Spring '10 term at Loyola Chicago.

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