Categories Anthropology I

I.5 Religion, Magic and Science distinguished

Anthropologists like Tylor, Frazer, Malinowski and others have delineated the fundamental relationship between religion, magic and science. Magic and science- Both magic and science assume that certain causes create certain effects. Both magic and science are governed by a body of principles. The principles reveal how a magician or a scientist has to proceed to […]

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Categories Anthropology I

I.6.(h) Symbolic and interpretive theories (Turner, Schneider and Geertz)

Basic Premises Symbolic anthropology studies the way people understand their surroundings, as well as the actions and utterances of the other members of their society. These interpretations form a shared cultural system of meaning–i.e., understandings shared, to varying degrees, among members of the same society . Symbolic anthropology studies the way people understand their surroundings, […]

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Categories Anthropology I

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

A fetish (derived from the French fétiche; which comes from the Portuguese feitiço; and this in turn from Latin facticius, “artificial” and facere, “to make”) is an object believed to have supernatural powers, or in particular, a human-made object that has power over others.  It refers to cult objects of the so-called savage peoples, it may already be found in sixteenth-century accounts of the Portuguese […]

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