Unformatted text preview: making spirits Acknowledging powerful spirits that dwell in human habitats • Chinese geomancy of feng-shui (wind-water) o Used for dwellings of living and the dead • Feng-shui compass with astrological signs o Can be aligned in reference to natural features o Determines auspicious building siting and orientation • Serpent Mound, Ohio 1000 AD o Linda Hogan (141) Snake as symbol of renewal (shedding skin) Of the “old ones” (reptiles as primordial beings) • Hopi of Northern Ariona o Preforming the snake dance “a prayer for rain” • Places Abstracted Deities Why is the construction of religious architecture so important to humans? Why is it such a central element in built habitats?...
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2012 for the course ANTH 123 taught by Professor Johnson during the Fall '08 term at UNC.
- Fall '08