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Anthropology of Religion

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Anthropology of Religion ANTH 3160

Miss Bryana Yost
Utah State University
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Richley Crapo

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Anthropology of Religion Chapter 5 Lecture Notes Religion as Expressive Culture Expressive Culture Often dif cult to study because of the difference in emotions and diversity of forms within the art Characteristics of Expressive Culture ll Feelings in Religion Ritual and feelings The Numinous Experience of the Holy Mysticism Values Piety and Morality Natural Symbols East vs West Caves and the underworld Mountains and the heavens Stars as Gods Psychoactive Plants Anthropology of Religion Chapter 3 Lecture Notes Psychology of Religions Religions influences human psychology in various ways I Intellectual Effects Explain things that people may have no current secular explanation for Explaining dreams unconsciousness and death In many cultures dreams have been explained as experiences ofthe spirit when it travels outside the body during sleep Iroquois Since dreams were sent from the gods they carried a mandate to carry out the obligations implied by the dreams The Iroquois held regular ceremonies to divine meanings ofdreams and help dreamers ful ll obligations laid on them by their dreams Senoi of Mayalsia Treated dreams as matters of great importance Adults met regularly every morning to discuss and interpret dreams Developed a skill to consciously influence the course oftheir dreams Dreams played a part in cultural change ll Affective Effects Religion has affective effects in human life Religious experiences commonly bring peace of mind especially concerning daily troubles Americans Baptism and Mikvah In largescale societies people worry about their rights being violated by the immoral of illegal behavior of others Muggings burglary etc These societies have rituals of purification Attitude Effects Religion in uences peoples attitudes about various things Religion may influence our feelings about morality piety and politics IV Mental Health Effects The various effects on human psychology have a stabilizing in uence and helps people cope more effectively with distressful emotions Thus religion tends to be correlated wit various measrues of positive mental health Traditional religious healing practices have many parallels to practices of western psychotherapy Ericksonian hyphnotherapy n largescale societies people worry about their rights being violated by the immoral of illegal behavior of others Muggings burglary etc These societies have rituals of purification Trance Common in religious ceremonies Brings a sense of numinous or the subjective sense of being outside one s own body Researchers have begun to explore the brain processes that occur during trance states Near Death Experiences Eugene D Aquili and Andrew Newberg have found that the area ofthe brain responsible for helping us distinguish between external and internal experiences undergo marked changes during such activities as intense prayer or particularly spiritual meditative states


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