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PERS 2001
MIDTERM EXAM
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Five Major Religions:
Judaism
Christianity
Islam
Hinduism
Buddhism
Food is a system of communication
Grammar of food:
-System of communication that uses food items and associations to transmit messages.
-Basic units
-ex: biscuits and gravy
Spirit of food:
-message communicated using food
-e: isuits ad grav…message can change given the setting/environment
We use food to create categories:
-e: guilt pleasures, holidas, food treds, diets, foodies
-more generally: race, ethnicity, gender, class, ability, RELIGION
We use food to tell people who we are.
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Food in Religious Traditions
-Ninian Smart: wanted to move from normative view. Moved out from Abrahamic view.
Privileges one aspect.
Secular Religious Studies: looking at religion from an objective perspective
Seven Dimensions of Religion:
-Practical/Ritual: practical/physical practice in a religion (bowing, praying)
-Experiential/Emotional: feelings and the internal (feeling during conversion)
-Story/Mythological: the original stories in a religion (Adam & Eve, Greek, Roman, creation
stories, morality stories)
-Doctrinal/Philosophical: official teachings about a religion
-Ethical/Legal: rules and regulations. Come from elements of the doctrines. (Ten
Commandments)
-Social/Institutional: people, leaders, community
-Material: things, objects that are created from religion (art, media, etc.)
“oethig classified as religio ay have aifestatios of oe or ore of these
dimensions in varying combinations.
Ninian Sart’s Four Virtues for the Aadei “tud of Religio:
1. Bracketing Our Assumptions
a. Putting aside your opinions or beliefs in order to study a religion
2. Informed Empathy
a. Understanding a perspective is different from accepting it as your own belief
3. Historical/Contextual Imperative
a. Knowing the origin and original meaning of a text, belief
4. Symbolic Sensitivity
a. sols are the voaular of thi thikig
b. understanding how different symbols mean in different religious contexts
Polythetic: multiple components to a definition, to what a religion is.
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