Believe It or Not: Religious and Other Paranormal Beliefs in the United States
Author(s): Tom W. Rice
Source: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 42, No. 1 (Mar., 2003), pp. 95-106
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Society for the Scientific
I believe that the term cult used in criticism of untraditional and unfamiliar
religions is unfair. The term cult usually evokes a negative connotation when
one is referring to an unfamiliar religion. This is because cults are normally
associated with sin
Week 15 Discussion Prompt:
Scientology is among the largest and most controversial NRMs. It is also among a growing
number of religions that attempt to manufacture ideas about science, technology, and sciencefiction with supernatural ideas and knowledge.
2.5 out of 7 points
"Revitalization" provides a theoretical basis on which to understand both religious
conversion and the growth of NRMs. Anthropologists and others have looked to the
prophet Wovoka as an important example of a
Name: Muhammad Shakeel
Class: Anth 166
Prof: Liam Murphy
Paranormal Culture and Beliefs in US
Paranormal is something that cannot be explained by science and it is beyond scientific
explanation. As of definition Para is something that is b
what is the sigil of baphomet and what are the symbols represented on it?
It is the official insignium of the Church of Satan and espically is for people who do wrong. Also, its
symbol that is used by several other organizations usually are associated wit
Satisfying Solutions and Spiritual Opportunities.
As Burke states Religion has come out from the basis of where one puts his or her faith into.
Marriage and family have set some backgrounds in the up growing of religious communities and
The term "cult" is almost always used in criticism of untraditional and
Cult is a beginning of a movement that is spiritually based that consider
itself a potential religion outside of a traditional frame of already established
Extra Credit Assignment
ANTH 166: Rise of Religious Cults
Dr. Liam D. Murphy
The following question must be answered in an essay NO LESS THAN 5 DOUBLE-SPACED
PAGES LONG (1 INCH MARGINS; NO BIBLIOGRAPHY/REFERENCES SECTION
NEEDED). It will be wo
Though very different in many respects, Yogic, Abrahamic, and Neopagan NRM
traditions share the goal of providing non-traditional solutions to life problems.
ISKCON's communal structure disintegrated in North America in the 1980s, and
1. The workplace is less diverse and more complex than it was a few decades ago.
2. Technology eliminates the need for multicultural awareness.
3. Scientific management identifies the most efficient and effective manner f
Revitalization movements occur in times of cultural stress brought about by rapid
change, foreign domination and perceived deprivation.
- Happens in societies under colonial domination
- Happens in an attempt to bring about change in society
Vo- means introspection
du- means into the unknown
Instead haitians refer to themselves as following or serving the loa.
voodoo ritual practitioners Chofe or heating up to bring about possession
What is a zombie?
- an animated corpse that feeds on living human flesh.
- In voodoo, a social control mechanism.
A virus or not?
- Solanum - the virus
- fact or fantasy?
- Brooks implies that this virus is real and can travel through the bloodst
Which Witch Is Wtich?
- this lecture will deal with two completely different aspects of witchcraft Stereotypes vs.
Reality. In addition we will be discussing religious intolerance.
All socities must have explanation for crises
Whenever pain, illness and
There are such beings as vampires, some of us have evidence that they exist.
- Bram Stokers Dracula- Chapter 18: Mina Harkers Journal - 30 September
Are evil-doers whose souls harm people
are able to multiply by contamination, ie: give blood to contami
Week 4 Lecture
Subject: Ethics and Responsibility in Anthropology
Ethics in Anthropology
Anthropologists often times deal with sensitive issues when conducting fieldwork and must
be aware of the ethical considerations involved. Ethics are the study of val
Week 5 Lecture
Subject: Language and Communication
Hominid Speaking Abilities
The question of how human languages evolved has intrigued researchers since the beginning of
linguistic studies. More recently, investigators have turned to examining the speaki
Primate Dentition and Social Structure
April 6, 2017
o Teeth are made in part from enamel
Enamel is a mineral that surrounds crown of tooth
o Teeth are genetically conservative
Little or no change
o 1 step in the process of digestion
The Classification of All Living Things (Taxonomy)
March 28, 2017
Taxonomy is the science behind classification
o Hierarchical Structure: General to specific
There are 8 primary taxa; further divided into suborders, superfamilies, &
Reading Questions (Evans, Ch. 13-14)
1. Consider the many meanings of the word Quetzalcoatl (p. 364): What properties did
Mesoamericans associate with the two merged components of the feathered serpent: the
quetzal bird and the rattlesnake?
Reading Questions (Evans, end of Ch. 14, plus Ch. 15-16) and Midterm Review Materials
As a point of clarification: Evans (p. 396) discusses a group of coastal traders who operated out
of a place known as Chontalpa (the place of the Chontal). Th
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT STAGES
Stme Descri ion
Sensorimotor 0-2 Reflex base
Preoperational 2-6 or 7 Self-oriented
. 6 or ?- More than 1 View point
Concrete Operational 11 or 12 No abstract problems
Consider some outcomes
Reading Questions (Evans, Ch. 11-12)
1. Evans (p. 297-8) notes that the position of king in Maya society grew out of the tradition of
Mesoamerican shamans. This development is apparent in Late/Terminal Formative times at
sites such as Nakbe and
Midterm 2 Partial Review
What modern nations are present in the Mayan cultural area?
Mexico (Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan, Quintana Roo)
Major environmental zones: