ANTH Religion - Magic, Religion, and Ritual ANTH 102...

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Magic, Religion, and Ritual ANTH 102 Understanding Other Cultures Fall 2006
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To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.” -Isaac Asimov
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When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.” -Emo Philips, stand-up comedian
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Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion—several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn’t straight.” -Mark Twain
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When we talk to God, we're praying. When God talks to us, we're schizophrenic.” - Lily Tomlin
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Religion Worldview Defining religion Religious beliefs Religious practice Kinds of religious practitioners
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Notable Theorists of Religion Edward Tylor (animism) Primitive Culture: Researches into the Development of Mythology, Philosophy, Religion, Language, Art and Custom James Frazer The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion Victor Turner (liminality) Drama, Fields, and Metaphors: Symbolic Action in Human Society Emile Durkheim The Elementary Forms of Religion Clifford Geertz The Interpretation of Cultures
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Religion and Worldview Every culture involved in sense-making that links experience to wider world Process results in “worldview”: all
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