Week 8 Notes
Week 8 Notes ANTH 0780
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Meghan Notetaker on Wednesday October 21, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to ANTH 0780 at University of Pittsburgh taught by Laura Brown in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 44 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Cultural Anthropology in anthropology, evolution, sphr at University of Pittsburgh.
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Date Created: 10/21/15
Transformations Representations depiction of experience in a new medium that changes how we think and feel about the world Listening as a form of Action listening does things what is can do depends on culture and situations Art and Mechanical Reproduction reproductions can be assigned social significance and power authentic v copied authentic v fake is determined by cultural context copies and fakes can be powerful Authenticity Determinations of what is real authentic powerful and legitimate are local How something is used and talked about matters definitions change call of prayer in the mosques were started over a loudspeaker instead of other amplificationsome people weren t happy with that change Metaphors forms of thought and language that assert meaningful links between domains of meaning eg time is money key metaphors serve as foundations for a worldview DON T MEMORIZE METAPHORS FROM THE TEXTBOOK think about what metaphor does make connections between domains of activity may work to support world views Ritual repetitive and organized markedly different from everyday activity occurs according to a culturally defined ritual schema you can know a ritual without having seen one before often connected to myth Rites of Passage Arnold Van Genep applied to rituals around the world birth initiations coming of age confirmation graduation wedding retirement death Stages in a Rite of Passage Separation removes the participant from everyday life changes clothing eg wedding Transition as the ritual is happening participants are between stages often seen as vulnerable humiliated not ordinary Reaggregation subject is reintroduced into society in his or her new position wearing graduation gown and now you re an adult not in college anymore Liminality ambiguous transitional stage or space created by a rite of passage What is Religious Ritual non human actors can be considered participants Wednesday Watching the Film asian family summoning spirits to connect with the spirit god so they could save their dead sisters she would never live up to her dead sister rituals included standing on knives but she couldn t manage becoming a shaman at the end so she disappointed her family rituals don t always work role of a korean shaman who becomes a korean shaman category for people who have a great deal of misfortune for people that are constantly becoming sick or have mental illness could be considered a shaman usually women different from people in ordinary life film narrates same story twice once from perspective of the asian girl trying to become shaman and once from the anthropologist she wasn t comfortable becoming a shaman but she had no choice forced not all rituals are voluntary costumes don t necessarily where those outfits every day chanting and pounding occurs 2 more criteria for ritual ritual schema people had knowledge of how the initiation should happen occurs in relation to myth she takes on the spirits of family members but also the knife riding general 3 stages of rite of passage moment of transition in which someone is liminal subject to liminality being brought low and humbled her family members embarrassed her and made her feel odd with the costumes in the dancing crying when she came down and she was vulnerable being seen as having powers that escape what normally people can do no reaggregation because she fails to become shaman
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