SOSA 1100X Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Ergot
DepartmentSoc & Social Anthropology
Course CodeSOSA 1100X
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Wednesday November 5th, 2014
Pilgrimage and Economic Systems
“a patterned, repetitive, and symbolic enactment of a cultural
belief or value” (279)
Rites of passage
Rites of intensi!cation
oPeople get killed %owers are brought, candles, teddy
bears, etc. (people coming together)
A sacred journey with a purpose
To a place of special meaning or power
What makes a pilgrimage to ritual?
oBetwixt and between
Run for the wall as an example
But that’s not all…
Many rituals don’t exactly !t in these categories
In state societies, we have many secular rituals, including (but
not only) state rituals
“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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