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Reading Assignment: Chapter 8, Religious Social Organization

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

  • How do shamans, priests, and prophets differ?
  • What causes the professionalization of religious specialists and the declining role of charisma?
  • Does growth inevitably change the nature of religious organizations and leadership?
  • Is religious ideology best defined by the beliefs of religious specialists or the beliefs of other followers, and how is it possible for the two to differ?

Video Lectures


  Introduction to Religious Social Organization: Cult Institutions ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Practitioners ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Shamans ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Five Types of Illnesses Healed by Shamans ( WMV ) ( MOV )
      Soul Loss ( WMV ) ( MOV )
      Spirit Possession ( WMV ) ( MOV )
      Object Intrusion ( WMV ) ( MOV )
      Sorcery and Witchcraft ( WMV ) ( MOV )
      Taboo Violation ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Sorcerers ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Priests ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Prophets ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Sect, Cult, and Church ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Conclusion to chapter 8 ( WMV ) ( MOV )

Lecture Notes

Chapter 8 lecture notes ( PDF )

Quiz

Chapter 8 quiz ( HTML )

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Additional Resources

Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . admin. (2005, August 02). Chapter 8. Retrieved January 07, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: http://ocw.usu.edu/Anthropology/Anthropology_of_Religion/topic8.htm. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License