08 Ethnicity & Religion

08 Ethnicity & Religion - Cultural Anthropology 1/20/08...

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Cultural Anthropology 1/20/08 Religion 1 Religion Religion is the set of beliefs through which people relate to and with the supernatural world Religion also may provide a means by which individuals can foresee and control events and even control their destiny Religion also often provides a structure that explains the basis for moral systems, social conventions, and the ultimate cause of daily events, particularly disease, death, and disaster Although in many complex societies religion is conceptually and functionally separated from other aspects of life, it is an integral part of everyday life in many other societies Like many aspects of society, the way in which religion is integrated into a particular society varies with the degree of social complexity. Small-scale Large Scale Informal Practitioners Informal Training Non-hierarchical No Dogma/Orthodoxy Direct Experience -possession -altered states Ecstatic Rituals Emphasis on Nature Animistic Formal Practitioners Specialized Training Hierarchical
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course LIBART 0510-210-0 taught by Professor Middleton during the Winter '07 term at RIT.

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