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Geographies of Religion Geography 103 14 November, 2011
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Religion “Belonging not belief” Emphasis on belief a product of scientific rationalism “religion” demarcated as beliefs held without evidence A community of belonging Shared worldviews & values
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Religion Orientations : Creates the ways we situate ourselves in & understand the world Navajo Four Sacred Mountains: boundaries of the territory they
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Kinds of Religion Proselytic or universalizing : seeking to convert all of humanity vs. Ethnic : tied to membership in one group Monotheistic : veneration of one God vs. Polytheistic : veneration of many Syncretic : combining elements of various traditions vs. Orthodox : emphasis on purity
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Sacred Spaces Sacred Spaces: Establish a geographic Demarcation of sacred from profane space Religious Structures : Churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, shrines Historic Sites: Mecca, Jerusalem, Lourdes Landscapes of the dead: Zoroastrian Cemeteries
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Sacred Spaces Sacred natural sites : eg Ganges River, Mount Fuji Mystical places
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