Ex 1 the Nayaka discussed in Sumegi 26 accept there are many stones in the

Ex 1 the nayaka discussed in sumegi 26 accept there

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- Ex. 1) the Nayaka (discussed in Sumegi, 26).- accept there are many stones in the natural world that are simply stones but if there is a stone involved in some sort of event in human culture that ascribes value to that specific stone it is now associated with a spirit (relationship between humanity and the stone)- animistic - Ex. 2) the early Japanese- (Norinaga, quoted in “Early Shinto,” Sources of Japanese Tradition, 1 - Speaking in general, however, it may be said that kami signifies, in the first place, the deities of heaven and earth that appear in the ancient records and the spirits of the shrines where they are worshipped. It is hardly necessary to say that it includes human beings. It also includes such objects as birds, beasts, trees, plants, sea, mountains, and so forth. In ancient usage, anything whatsoever which was outside of the ordinary, which possessed superior power, or which was awe-inspiring was called kami. Eminent here does not refer merely to the superiority of nobility, goodness or meritorious deed. Evil and mysterious things, if they are extraordinary and dreadful, are called kami. It is needless to say that among human beings who are called kami the successive generations of sacred emperors are all included. (very inclusive) – much broader definition than most about spirits- something becomes a kami based on the emotional impact it has on living people – responses of living people to these spirits and affects the types of stories that will be told about them- its through the stories the Kami comes into existence (animistic)
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Aside: the phenomenology of religion and affect - Affect is the way human beings respond to phenomenon Rudolph Otto and the Idea of the Holy - focus on the feelings people have when engaging the religious phenomenon The feeling of the “numinous”: focus on the feelings people have when engaging the religious phenomenon “a feeling of spiritual presence) - mysterium, - something is strange or out of the ordinary - tremendum - tremendous -provokes fear and trembling - et fascinans - fascinating- its mysterious and scary but you want to engage What assumptions are being made by Otto? - There is one particular type of relationship between humans and the spiritual world- informed by assumptions of monotheism (the diade is more powerful than human beings) What sorts of feelings are associated with the belief and practice of indigenous religions? - Patterns amidst diversity - Cosmology: visible / invisible worlds Religious practice and “shamans” → religious professionals who can interact with these spiritual entities directly. - When you group something you often forget to look at the differences - Particular religious professionals who mediate between the visible and invisible world – term often used is Shaman- tungus language of Siberia that describes their religious pros - Earliest and most widespread patterns of religious practice worldwide- but it overstates the commonalities between spiritual interpreters from one culture to another -
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