Today: What do anthropologists actually look at? Or, how is the immaterial materialized?
They participate and observe
Understand the personal relationships
The use of social resources to structure our experiences, understandings, a
TODAY: How do anthropologists study religion?
Navigating the problem of belief
Ethics and reflexivity
- Participant observation
- Need to hang around at all times
- Figure out how to be appropriate
Early theorists and their definitions: Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Max Weber
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939):
Religion endures due to our psychological need to feel protected from our fears.
Max Weber (1864-1920):
study the conditions a
Today: How do religious communities create time and place?
Religion -> places
Ex. Sacred places, pilgrimage
Religion -> temporarily
= past/origins, present, future/afterlife/end of time
Religion -> Places
Two key theoretical approaches for under