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Anthropology of Religion

by: Miss Bryana Yost

Anthropology of Religion ANTH 3160

Miss Bryana Yost
Utah State University
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Date Created: 10/28/15
Anthropology of Religion Chapter 4 Lecture Notes Religious Myths and Symbols Religion is a realm ofsymbolism l MultiLayered symbolism Most religious symbols have multiple layers of meaning Christian Baptism ll Recurrent Symbolism A religion s most important meanings are conveyed by recurrent symbolic expressions Mormon Creation Story Freedom ofchoice becomes a recurring element Aztec Religion The effemerality of existence interplay of life and death symbolism Nezahualcoyotl s Poem Cosmology Anthropomorphic beings and powers and their relation to humans Yanomamo South American The creation story Gnostic Godhead The effemerality of existence interplay of life and death symbolism The cosmology of many societies share common elements Relating to basic human concerns and conflicts such as economic biological social and sexual needs Foraging Societies Use animal deities such as Shoshone Coyote Agricultural Societies Use fertility dieties such as European Ceres and Persepone IV Myths Malinwoski A sacred character that codifies belief Leviticus God is holy be thou also holy Mythic symbols play and important role in interpreting myths Star Trek Bones is like the ld Spock is the Superego Kirk is the Ego Quetzalcoatl Structural Meaning vs Storyline Star Trek Quest into the unknown discovery ofparadise the god has feet of clay Kirk overcomes the god and the quest continues Mythemes Units of meaning conveyed by repetitive symbolism Legends Largerthanlife heroes who embody the values that society should emulate and their opposites V Limits of Variability Supreme Being Makes sense when there is political supremacy Polytheism Specialization in social life Ancestral Spirits When group is descended in a family line fro ancestors who controlled the same means of livelihood Reincarnation Identity based on membership in small continuing local groups Personal Soul Versus great spirit VI Gods who sanction morality Sorcery and witchcraft Navajo witchcraft Artifacts as Symbols Cathedrals and Temples Holy Water Keris Knives Clerical Collars Southwest Indian Katchinas Balanes Masks Barong Lord of the Forest versus Rangda Queen of Death


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