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Unformatted text preview: RLG 100/280 - LECTURE 11 INDIGENOUS TRADITIONS • many different traditions worldwide – but many common characteristics • indigenous : speciFc to a particular geographical area (community, nation) - closely related to that groups sense of identity and stays in that one area • other terms: ‘primitive’; aboriginal; tribal; Native; ¡irst Nations; Indian (North America) • challenge to notion of religion: are indigenous traditions religions ? oral - some are written, traditional - some existed for millennia • historical bias in studying indigenous traditions: ‘savages’ and/or ‘primitives’; or idea of noble savage • many tradition-speciFc terms used generally: - totem : Ojibwe - spiritual kinship between a particular animal or species and a particular individual, family or clan and is now used in different cultures such as Zulu, Hopi and Maori - shaman : Siberian Tungus - primary ritual spets, whose souls can leave their bodies and travel into other realms - has become a general term for visionaries in in...
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- Fall '09