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Lecture 12

SOSA 1100X Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Ergot


Department
Soc & Social Anthropology
Course Code
SOSA 1100X
Professor
Dubois Lindsay
Lecture
12

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SOSA 1100
Wednesday November 5th, 2014
Pilgrimage and Economic Systems
Ritual Revisited
“a patterned, repetitive, and symbolic enactment of a cultural
belief or value” (279)
Rites of passage
oSeparation
oTransition
oCooperation
Rites of intensi!cation
oPeople get killed  %owers are brought, candles, teddy
bears, etc. (people coming together)
Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage
A sacred journey with a purpose
To a place of special meaning or power
What makes a pilgrimage to ritual?
oTransformative
oLiminal
oBetwixt and between
Run for the wall as an example
But that’s not all…
Many rituals don’t exactly !t in these categories
Daily rituals
oWithin religions
oOutside them
In state societies, we have many secular rituals, including (but
not only) state rituals
Economic Systems
“the provision of goods and services to meet biological and social
wants” (S&M: 136)
But what are “wants”?
What are “social wants”?
oIt is important to think about the economic system as stu<
that we need and also stu< that we desire
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