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Introduction; Religion and Religious Studies

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Andre Maintenay

World Religions Introduction: Religion and Religious Studies Hair worn in different ways throughout the world: long, scull cap, religious vows to wear veils, wigs, veils for various reasons (long to cover chests & body), only cover hair when praying, cut off & offer at holy shrines, pull hair out with bare hands, shave heads in particular styles, shave heads completely. Body: sacred masks, fully clothed, utterly exposed to elements al year long, dagger around waists, amulets, necklaces, paint bodies, cut foreskin of boys, marry in red or other colours, wear white to symbolize purity, wear white to symbolize death Food: eat animals killed in particular ways using particular weapons & performing particular prayers, big gathering, vegetarian, (Fast: fast on particular days, particular weeks, particular months) Religions dictates how they wake up in the morning, what they eat, wear, drink, how they greet each other, love, die, marry Religion represents the access by which we structure the world, our lives Religion is the ultimate authority that supersedes all rationalization, conceptualization We do not understand the world as a whole if we cannot understand the differences & similarities between religions throughout the world. Concept of religion: latin word religion: to join again or to reconnect or realign Religion seeks to ground one to s
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