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Reading Assignment: Chapter 4, Religious Myths and Symbols

As you read, consider the following questions and/or ideas:

  • What do religious taboos reveal about the values of a society and how do taboos reinforce social stability?
  • Is religion merely society's worship of itself?
  • The structural analysis of myths--classic examples
  • The structural analysis of myths--contemporary examples

Video Lectures


  Introduction to Religious Myths and Symbols ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Symbolism in the Christian Baptism ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Aztec Symbolism ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Cosmology ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Yanomamo Creation Story ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Gnostic Godhead ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Common Elements: Basic Human Concerns and Conflicts ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Shoshone Animals ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Fertility Deities ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Mythology ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Myths, Symbols and Star Trek ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Structural Meaning and Star Trek( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Structural Meaning and Cinderella ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Opposites Symbols among the Pueblos and Aztecs ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Legends ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Limits of Variability ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Hierarchical Societies and the Belief in a Supreme Being ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Ancestral Spirits ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Reincarnation ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Personal Soul vs. Great Spirit ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Gods Who Sanction Morality ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Sorcery and Witchcraft ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Artifacts Symbols ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Conclusion to Chapter 4 ( WMV ) ( MOV )

Lecture Notes

Chapter 4 lecture notes ( PDF )

Quiz

Chapter 4 quiz ( HTML )

Images

Chapter 4 images ( HTML )

Additional Resources

Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . admin. (2005, August 02). Chapter 4. Retrieved January 07, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: http://ocw.usu.edu/Anthropology/Anthropology_of_Religion/topic4.htm. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License