Vocabulary for Oral religions Rev

Vocabulary for Oral - Vocabulary for Oral religions Ancestral spirits The souls of ancestors believed by many peoples to continue to take an active

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Vocabulary for Oral religions Ancestral spirits The souls of ancestors, believed by many peoples to continue to take an active interest in their communities, and capable of great harm if displeased. Animism Catharsis An experience which enables one to release pent-up feelings, as of grief or anger, in an acceptable way. Cosmic religion Religion centered on nature—the turn of the seasons, sacred places such as holy trees and mountains. Deus otiosus “Hidden god”; term used for a creator god who after making the world withdraws from it , leaving day-to-day affairs in the hands of secondary gods and spirits. Divination Ecstasy In religion, in state of powerful rapture, trance, or alteration of consciousness believed to open one to spiritual experience, inspiration, or possession. High God A sovereign deity who created the world or humankind, and who may sustain the moral law, but who may not be involved in everyday affairs. Holisitic culture
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PHI 115 taught by Professor Martin,ned during the Spring '07 term at Harper.

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