lecture22.0312 - Now, where were we. Oh yeah. We have...

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1 Now, where were we… Oh yeah… We have gotten the Tamang converted (I mean, seen how they talk about it -- we didn’t do the converting!). They said: it was cheaper than shamans and lamas (no sacrifices); it worked… Is that all there is to it? Do we understand religion now? What else might there be… like what do you do when people die?? Once we answer that question, will we be done at last?
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2 Religion is not simply other-worldly -- it is in the world 1. magic/ magical worldview --> highly determinative worldview in which events can be affected by the manipulation of things : failed crops in Timling : Tom Sawyer --> a way of explaining the harm that occurs in the world -- why this person, why this day 2. religion and social organization 3. household deities 4. clan deities 5. village deities 6. state rituals
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3 Not simply other-worldly… Tson: “Here when a woman has her period no one seems to care at all. You can cook and touch anything except the altar. It mixes everything up and is not very restful or correct. My brother is a lama and out household was strict about religious things.” Ern: “I thought concern about women’s periods was a Hindu sort of thing, not Buddhist.” Tson: “It is all religion . . . “
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4 Geertz’s Definition of Religion (again) 1) A system of symbols which acts to 2) establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by 3) formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and 4) clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that 5) the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic.
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5 What it does (again) 1. explain the world : they answer questions about how and why the culturally constructed world is the way it is. 2. validate : Religious beliefs lend moral weight to decisions and rules. 3. give meaning
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