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Religion and the Rise of the State

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Department
Religion
Course
RLG210Y1
Professor
Joseph Bryant
Semester
Fall

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November 16 2011 ReligionThe Rise of the StateDivision of powerIrrigation agriculture and the management protection of the surplus moving beyond subsistence new social relations complexity etcTemple Economygods as the owners kings and priests as managers redistributors Monumental architecture zigguratsmountains to draw closer to the heavens Priests begin to impart order and regularity to the beliefs of the communitydeeper speculations on the traditions Develop doctrines and teachings Polytheismsnature deities and spirits are organized as suchRoyal symbolismform and content of religion is taking on a political framingnatural powers that these gods and goddesses come from are politicalProjectionRejection theoryExpressed by Ritual typical form of saying thingscontact and beneficial action with human and Mythology2 functions of mythology1 Creation mythexplain the world2 To just
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