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ANTH 3160 week one notes

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ANTH 3160 week one notes ANTH 3160

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These are my intro notes for anth 3160. It goes over the basis of anthropology of religion and why religion exists. hope this helps!!
Anthropology of Religion
Dr. Dengah
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ANTH, Anthropology, religion, religions




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Date Created: 08/30/16
Anthropology: Study of human kind the most humanistic of sciences and the most scientific of the humanities (wolf 1964). Anthropos: Human Logos: discourse, science ANTHROPOLOGY = archaeology physical linguistics cultural Culture is the key concept of anthropology Key characteristics: • it is Shared • it is Learned • culture constructs meanings • it is adaptive • it is integrated • functions to help individual function in society Culture is something that unites people. Key principles: • cultural relativism • holistic • participant observations • making the strange familiar and the familiar strange Questions? 1. Religion is universal A: true 2. Religion is unique to our species A: false: it has evolved over time (possibly starting with neanderthals) What is religion? Composition: • ritual: behavior with purpose behind it; have higher power to make it religion • moral systems and explanations (stories) • sacred • supernatural forces • Sensory symbolism • altered state if consciousness (varied) 4 approaches to why religion exists: • evolutionary- an adaptation for individual and group survival. and the abilities associated with experiencing the supernatural is “hard-wired” in the brain. a. Hyperactive-agency detention device: believing in purposeful actions behind events ▯ i. HAD & TOM (theory of mind) = social & religious cognitions b. Costly Signaling: honest displays of group commitment solidarity ▯ i. fulfill their end of “contract” when one is healed or mercy is shown c. Minimally counter-intuitive ideas: share morals through catchy narratives i. makes it memorable, strains the imagination a little but not too much • functionalistic- social glue, provide values to make wants for musts, provide models • psychodynamic- religions manage emotions, use as a defense mechanism • symbolic- text that can be deciphered a. cultural meanings b. human universals c. invoke emotional responses


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