ANTH 130 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Collective Effervescence, Liminality

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Lecture 7
Religion and Ritual
-Collective Effervescence
community spirit, solidarity, effervescence (some) social hierarchies temporarily
suspended
Mardi Gras, Carnaval
Rites of Passage
Separation
Liminality
Incorporation
-Rituals
formal, stylized, repetitive, stereotyped practices usually performed in special
places at set times
social acts, typically with groups
participation vs audience
can be religious or secular
-Religion- beliefs and rituals concerned with supernatural beings, forces, and powers
-Functions of Religion
personal or group transformations
-through rituals and rites of passage
create sense of group unity
-through shared practices (rituals and rites)
-collective effervescence
-inclusion and exclusion
explain the mysterious
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