ATH 346-01

  • ** WORKSHOP ***

Disc. Leader: ritual practices & the state

religion in-class discussion:

  1. Belief in the supernatural
  2. some form of communication between physical and supernatural worlds
  3. natural as a product of supernatural
  4. death & burial practices & beliefs as well as other ritual practices
  5. system of morality and ethics with a spiritual basis
  6. texts or oral traditions of sacred issues

define: Latin; de – put down, finis – boundary

  • Tylor: late 19th century – a system of knowledge
  • Malinowsky: halps channel and structure deep-seated emotons and anxieties
  • Durkheim: reinforces social solidarity and resolves conflict
    • affirm a person’s place in society, enhances feelings of community
    • gives people confidence


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