Lecture April 8

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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTHRO 106
Professor
Katharine Kirakosian
Semester
Spring

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Lecture – Facing the Supernatural: Magic, Religion, & Ritual April 8, 2014 The Road to Kerbala Pre­Film Questions • Who was Imam Hussein? • What is Ashura? • Why do Shiites go to Kerbala? • Why do they feel connected to imam Hussein after hundreds of years? • What is the purpose of their pilgrimage? • What do you learn about Hamid? • Why do tensions rise soon before the pilgrimage beings? • What do you learn about the pilgrims throughout their journey? • Why do they walk? • How are pilgrims treated along the way? • How does the filmmaker portray tension when the US soldiers are on film? • What happens when they arrive in Kerbala? Facing the Supernatural •  Supernatura : belief that certain individuals, events, or powers are magical or religious •  Magic : manipulating the supernatural world through speech and ritual acts o What does it do for “followers”? •  Religio : a system of beliefs o Connects to supernatural world •  Animism  : imbues all of nature with spiritual powers; natural objects are animated by  spirits o Thought of as having their own personalities; spirit with an identity (male, female, 
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