Project #92489 - Religions of the World Wk1

Discussion Question Post:

Our discussion this week will focus on Indigenous religion. In place of any research, watch the following video clips. In these videos you will get to see a very different system of religious belief in practice than most of us are used to. Several terms whose meanings we take for granted (like God, faith, demon, religion, magic, and others) will be used very differently by these people. Pay attention to how these people understand and use these terms and note if you find anything different or peculiar about how they are used.

 

Click on the links below to watch the following videos:

 

     A Ritual of the African Pygmies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaSNbTC8cl4

 

     Bushmen Trance-Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS2cFzy8IjI

 

After viewing the videos answer the following:

 

1) Think back to how the lecture material and Molloy (our textbook author) defined religion and the characteristics of indigenous religions. With this definition in mind, what makes the ritual and the dance as part of a religion?

 

2) What specific evidence (key words and practices) do you see among these two rituals that indicates they are part of an indigenous religion?

 

Initial responses to these discussion questions are due WEDNESDAY by midnight, and your answer should be around 200 words.

 

 

 

 

 

Assignment:

 

1.      Draft your own definition of religion based on the lecture and reading assignment. Indicate why you chose each element of your definition.

 

 

2.      Pull out of Chapter 2 other defining characteristics of native religions and, based on Internet research, show how contemporary indigenous spiritual paths are related to these characteristics.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 11/10/2015 10:00 pm
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