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Lecture 2

RS 100 Lecture 2: RS Notes Week 2

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Religious Studies
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RS 100
Amanda Baugh

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9/5+7/17 What’s in a Name Lecture Why do we name things as religion and not religion? How and why do we use the term religion? ● There is power behind defining religion and other peoples beliefs ● Define an object of study ● The names we give things tell you more about the namer than the thing being named ○ Mt Everest, despite the word Everest having nothing to do with the mountain, tells us that despite the fact that it is in India, at the time of it being named it was under British control, therefore named after a British leader/surveyor ○ Chomolungma: Mother Goddess of the Universe (Tibet) ○ Sagarmatha: Goddess of the Sky (Nepal) ● When we classify things it's not neutral, we all have one uniform name for different objects but only because that's what's given for us ● People say that they don’t care about names of things when it’s not relevant to their everyday life but if we changed the name of CSUN to 99 Cent University, people would be upset and want the name changed ^^^^^ Is it because it's irrelevant to our lives? ● Mary Douglas: “Dirt is matter out of place” ○ Hair is beaut
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