Communication in the trance like state there are

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Communication in the trance like state There are intermediate deities to bridge the human and the highest God. Fortune telling; casting bones Dualistic or tripartite spirituality: soul + body + spirit Healers and rainmakers
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Animism and Magic ‘Life’: sacred and profane Religion: immortality, surrender Magic: control the nature for practical end Totemism: cults of vegetation and fertility Gigantic ghost of the Collective Soul Crisis of life-course: birth, puberty, marriage, death Religious and magical acts: complete in itself and ‘end-oriented’ Religious [(surrender: magical (control)]
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African Religious Thought Many names for the ‘supreme being’: Yoruba called it Olodumare and the lesser gods, ‘orisha (401)’, Dogon of Mali called it Amma , and other gods, Nummo are Amma’s creation. Nyama= the force that enters creator’s womb and makes creation possible The transaction between Gods and humans in these tradition is like a trade. Different gods for different professions Yoruba trickster Eshu
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Ritual and Witchcraft (practice of magic) Ritual as exchange Associated with life transactions (rites of passage) Knives, arrows, masks (ritual objects) Dreams, visions, divinations Possession Witchcraft and the society
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  • Fall '19
  • Anthropology of religion, Deity, Edward B. Tyler

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