Anthropology 274 - The Anthropology of Religion

The Anthropology of Religion

Pinky Hota

TU TH 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM

Smith College
What can anthropologists teach us about religion as a social phenomenon? This course traces significant anthropological approaches to the study of religion, asking what these approaches contribute to the understanding of religion in the contemporary world. Topics include religious experience and rationality; myth, ritual and magic; rites of passage; function and meaning; power and alienation; religion and politics. Readings are drawn from important texts in the history of anthropology and from contemporary ethnographies of religion.
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