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Chapter 10

ANTH 203 Chapter Notes - Chapter 10: Deism, Animism, Liminality


Department
Anthropology
Course Code
ANTH 203
Professor
Naotaka Hayashi
Chapter
10

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ancestor spirt
the spirit of a dead family member believed to reside
near and interact with living kin
animatism
belief that impersonal spiritual forces exist in the
human world aecting life and behaviour
animism
religious belief in which natural objects have spiritual
components that interact socially with humans
contagious magic
the belief and practice that objects that come into
contact with each other have a supernatural connection
deism
the belief in god(s) that posits a creator god that does
not take an active role or moral interest in human
aairs
diviner
a religious specialist who uses techniques to "read"
information from the supernatural world
ghost
a religious or spiritual being regarded as the
disembodied spirit of a diseased ancestor
imitative magic
another term for sympathetic magic
liminality
the condition of being "in between" or "on the margin"
of social roles, in particular the transition between one
social role and another during ritual
monotheism
belief in only one god/goddess
myth
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