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Apy 106 - Intro:Cultural Anthropology
Intro:Cultural Anthropology Documents

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Drop Box Assignment Three Zoey Rentz November 25 2013 Honors Cultural Anthropology Anthropology 102 INH In order to define religion it is important to consider the entire cultural system being studied Cultural systems consist of four levels These four levels are all integrated with one another Religion is a part of the highest category known as the superstructure The superstructure is defined by Haviland as perception of the self society and the world around us Haviland et al 2014 297 These perceptions are used within a culture to understand the world and the role they play in it As self reflecting animals humans want to learn and understand the world they live in Questions that stem from these self reflections often go unanswered In a quest for answers humans will turn to religion most but not all religions reference a supernatural force or entity With the advancement of science and technology conflict arose between scientific evidence and traditional beliefs These differences in religions or not having a religion shape different worldviews meaning that different religions have different answers to the questions about our present reality In anthropology all concepts relating to our present reality are studied This includes the beliefs of the small percentage of humans that do not believe in a religion Religion plays a strong role in culture contributing to different rituals and teaching expected behaviors Identifying with a specific religion and adhering to the cultural guidelines of the religion leads individuals to believe that their religion is correct in explaining our present reality This devotion to only one religion leads to conflict between religious groups This devotion also makes it difficult to objectively observe and study different religions Anthropologists must look at religions without judging the different supernatural beliefs religions are studied to better understand human nature and human culture Two terms religion and spirituality These terms



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