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Indigenous Religions Lecture Notes

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University of Toronto St. George
David Perley

Most important items: Animism, axis mundi, both forms of dualism, fetish, and mana. Choice for the title “Indigenous Religions” - Classic terms to describe indigenous traditions: tribal, oral, native, primitive - The problems with these term is that, let’s see if it is oral then it illiterate. Primitive implies some sort of lack of sophistication, it is tied into the idea that human culture goes through evolutionary development. From primitive  Christian  scientifically oriented. (James Frazer says humans going from magic to religion to science to describe things) Intellectuals suggest that culture and human beings have evolved. Primitive cultures are earlier in evolution and the scientific ones are at the complete end (the last stage in evolution) - Secularism will become widespread; religion will be out of the equation. • Indigenous traditions: if they are transplanted, they are transplanted forcefully. Tightly bound to some region. • Durkheim (sociologist) – people have tendency to join together in communities, resulting in rituals, and rules. • No missionary component to indigenous. But three religions with missionary goals are: Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. • Identity is tied to that group, and if you don’t adhere to these traditions, you are expelled. - Scholars now interview and try to learn more from the interpretation of indigenous/exotic cultures - Missionaries, explorers, and traders would have come with a missionary or a commerce agenda to these indigenous cultures Terms are derived from indigenous religions: - Totem: you are bound to a creature, animal or spirit. The soul of community is contained within the totem. The term comes from Ojibwa and means “family.” - Mana: Melanesian word - Taboo: Polynesian word - Shaman: Siberian context Indigenous masks are used in rituals, while Westerners take it as art. For QUIZ **** - choose 2-3 from North American/African. There will be a question on the quiz from these. (Slide 6) - Be familiar with the 5 traditions. Pick a couple and describe, and relate them with other traditions. - Shaman: intermediary, the person with who people may deal with issues. Shaman stands in the middle between the spirit and the human - Taboo
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