Curulla RELI 140 Reflection 3

Curulla RELI 140 - disagrees saying the unique grouping of certain objects is what makes these symbols suggesting these symbols are essentially

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Matt Curulla RELI 140 David McDuffie RELI 140 Recitation Assignment 3 – 1/27/12 As provided by Asad, Geertz’s definition of religion is “a system of symbols which act to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic” (Asad, 29). Definitively, Asad tells us that his interpretation is a little different, stating that “a symbol is not an object or event that serves to carry a meaning but a set of relationships between objects or events uniquely brought together as complexes or as concepts, having at once an intellectual, instrumental, and emotional significance” (Asad, 31). Juxtaposing these two definitions in this way allows us to derive several key differences. It seems that Geertz believes a set of symbols to have meaning outside of the systems they are collected in. Asad
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Unformatted text preview: disagrees, saying the unique grouping of certain objects is what makes these symbols, suggesting these symbols are essentially meaningless and nonexistent outside of these relationships. Asad states that the symbols gain their significance “at once” after they are brought together. Geertz’ definition seems to imply that the system allows symbols to “establish…moods and motivations” but he does not strip these objects of all significance if they are not in some sort of pairing as Asad does. As we can see, Asad does not even seem to believe symbols can be single objects or events; a symbol is at least two things. These two definitions clearly create an unusual and enlightened paradox, leaving us to determine our own opinions of the form of a symbol. Asad, Talal. Genealogies of Religion: Disciplines and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins UP, 1993. Print....
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