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I.8.(c) Tools of data collection:  secondary sources of information

Secondary data means data that are already available i.e., they refer to the data which have already been collected and analysed by someone else. When the researcher utilises secondary data, then he has to look into various sources from where he can obtain them. Secondary data may either be 1. published data or 2. unpublished […]

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I.5.2 Monotheism and polytheism;

The evolutionary school of thought believe that religion evolved from simplistic basic monotheism to complex Unlimited polytheism through various stages like Exclusive Monotheism, Pluriform Monotheism, Religious Dualism, Polytheism, Henotheism. Monotheism is a belief in the existence of one god, or in the oneness of God while Polytheism is the belief in the existence of many […]

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I.5 Religion

Emile Durkheim A religion is a unified system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things (things set apart and forbidden) which unite into one single moral community called the church, all those who adhere to them. He emphasized three aspects of religion. I. The Sacred Aspect Religion according to Durkheim includes the Sacred Phenomena […]

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I.5.1. Anthropological approaches to the study of religion (evolutionary, psychological and functional);

John Lubbock, made an  attempt to combine archaeological evidence of prehistoric people, on the one hand, and anthropological evidence of primitive people, on the other, to trace the origin and evolution of religion. In this scheme, development of fetishism, followed by nature worship, and totemism (a system of belief involving the relationship of specific animals […]

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I.5.5 Forms of religion in tribal and peasant societies-naturism

As per Max Muller, naturism is the earliest form of religion. It may comprise a large number of ideas which are sharply opposed to “science,” and which may be in themselves mythological, or poetical, or even mystical. The earliest people had an attitude of awe or love and reverence towards the different objects of the […]

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