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1B Recurring themes, OUTLINE

1B Recurring themes, OUTLINE - this self 4 The cosmos...

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Recurring themes, topics, and questions Our goal: understanding, not evaluation The data, vs. the questions and categories we bring to the data A working definition of “religion”: Religion is a group’s way of being human, its response to the most basic facts of human existence (birth, love, sickness, death, time, space). 11 themes or clusters of topics of interest in the study of any religion: 1. Dying, death, the dead; notions of dying; ideas of the afterlife; relations between the living and the dead 2. Notions of health (and sickness), practices of healing; techniques of longevity and immortality and divinization 3. The body; souls; notions of the self; how to care for
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Unformatted text preview: this self 4. The cosmos; cosmogony, eschatology 5. Time; cycles of time; marking, celebrating, punctuating time; timeliness; history 6. Space and its organization; boundaries; directions; distance/proximity; division/relation 7. Authority, power, control; contestation; legitimation; lineage 8. Rituals and texts; narratives and actions 9. Divine-human relations; divination; sacrifice; revelation; self-divinization; divinization by others; divine-human marriage 10. Order vs. freedom; locative vs. utopian; the human/ethical/cultural vs. the natural/spontaneous/wild 11. Forms of community, and the relation of these to religious teaching and practice...
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