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Mills 169 (A26)
March 8, 2017
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Get up, introduce yourselves to each other. Talk about it. Take note of what other people say.
The Blackboard site for this class is available for those already registered: http://elearning.sydney.edu.au/. We will submit all of the work for this class there.
If you are not signed up for the class, you can get the unit outline and all of the information for this class at this public site: http://anthro.rschram.org/2667.
For next week, your assignment is to read the unit outline, assignment instructions, and the guides to the unit online. For the first tutorial (in Week 2), bring an example of a religious practice you would like to learn more about. In tutorial, we'll talk about how to find ethnographic sources about these forms of religion, and how to formulate a topic of research, your first assignment (due on March 15).
How do you define 'religion'?
Several blocks down the road is an acupuncture clinic, which also offers traditional Chinese herbal medicine.
Elsewhere, among the liquor stores, bars and “smoke shops,” a “church of God,” one of many in this neighborhood.
In City Heights, an imposing building overlooks the I-15, home to a cafe, gym, and an auditorium of worship.
Everyone has their own beliefs. This is true. People go to botanicas and palm readers because they believe in either herbal medicine or psychic powers.
Religion is diverse but saying that religion is a broad category is not an explanation of why societies have religions. Anthropology examines religion in relation to the broader social and cultural context.
That is what we are doing in this class.
A good research topic focuses on a clear who, what, where and when, like the setting of a story.
One of these books about religion is not like the other. Can you tell which one is not an ethnography?:
Revolve: The Complete New Testament. 2003. Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson.
Nelson, John. 2008. “Household Altars in Contemporary Japan: Rectifying Buddhist ‘Ancestor Worship’ with Home Décor and Consumer Choice.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 35 (2): 305–30.
Rambelli, Fabio. 2010. “Home Buddhas: Historical Processes and Modes of Representation of the Sacred in the Japanese Buddhist Family Altar (butsudan).” Japanese Religion 35 (1-2): 63–86.
ANTH 2667: The anthropology of religion—a guide to the unit