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Human Cultural Diversity

by: London Nienow

Human Cultural Diversity ANTH 20500

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Date Created: 09/19/15
Anthropology 205 Lecture Outline The Anthropology of Religion 1 What is religion Anthropologists need a definition of religion that can be used across cultures which makes a standard American definition religion as a belief in God inadequate Many cultures have more than one god others have nothing that would correspond to our idea of a god Many anthropologists therefore de ne religion as a system of belief in the supernatural Anthropologists specializing in religion do not usually like this definition which is both ethnocentric and focused on only one aspect of religion Many turn to Clifford Geertz s definition of religion as a set of basic ideas about the nature of the universe which a society uses to organize its thinking and its action 2 The origins of religion are not clearly known Cave paintings and carvings from the Upper Paleolithic period show strong evidence of religious activities Evidence of possible religious activity is even found in Neanderthal burials It is impossible to nd a period of human history that de nitely did not have religion hence it must be regarded as a basic feature of human culture 3 Religion is connected to social structure Since religion acts in part to explain the world its worldview must correspond with the social experience of believers Origin myths for example usually explain the beginnings of the world in a way that is related to the way that people currently live Anthropology 205 Lecture Outline 4 Religion has a number of social functions A primary one is social control getting people to behave in ways that the society says that they should Religious rules about stealing for example often mirror social sanctions against theft Likewise the religious value of charity often results in socially valuable activities like poor relief and medical facilities At the same time religion can also be a source of social upheaval as in the revolutionary movement in Iran and the Branch Davidian movement in the United States 5 Understanding myth Myth refers to a kind of story a narrative generally characterized by two features it involves extraordinary persons or events it takes place in an alternate time called mythic time such as the dim past or the remote future Myths are originally oral narratives which means that they are intended to be performed not read Like all oral narratives myths change with each telling and over time they can develop varieties and different traditions In this sense there is no one true version ofa myth any more than there is a correct version of an old joke


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