- what is worldview
- how does worldview connect w/ religion
- what happens when worldview, religion & everyday life clash
- what is myth?
- how does myth connect w/ worldview & religion
what is worldview
- culture is not a hodgepodge of random elements
- individuals interpret everyday experience in terms of shared assumptions about how the world works
- the encompassing picture of reality is called worldview
- what is the nature of knowledge? how does the world work?
- what are the answers to ultimate questions? what is the human relation to the sacred?
- moral/ethical questions: what is appropriate and jus taction that the individuals should take? who is to blame for misfortune?
do religion & worldview overlap?
- westerners tend to lump all non-scientific ideas under religion (junk drawer theory)
- non-westerners: supernatural ≠ sacred
- westerners: mystical causation, but secular
witches & sorcerers
- always bad in anthro context
- human beings
- usually close kin/neighbors
- often attributed to disempowered people
- old women
- members of marginal groups
- same power of witchcraft used by witch defenders
- sorcerers: similar to witches, but they use medicines
overlap between domains
- creation science/ID
- free market
- IQ testing
what is myth
- often viewed as something false
- OR, something that is old/obsolete
- something exotic
- Greco-Roman mythology
- sacred story
- deals with the important things about religion: the sacred
- ultimate questions
- often found out thru religious ritual