62-066 Antropology of Religion
second cycle Master degree study programme Political Science
Course Supervisor: Assist. Prof. Marija Mojca Terčelj , Assist. Prof. Katja Hrobat Virloget
- An overview of classical anthropological definitions of religion, religious experiences and practices over time and space.
- An overvief of anthropological definitions of myth, ritual, magic, symbolism and their roles in the religious experience of individuals and communitites/societies.
- Problem of belief in supernatural.
- Pre-Christian traditional beliefs in Europe, beliefs, and customs connected with death, witchcraft, religios sincretism, traditional medicine, belief in souls, demons and other forms of beliefs in supernatural beings etc.
- A short overview of the evolution of the anthropology of religion across basic scholars and worksthe through different approaches, from the psychological, sociological, comparative religion etc.: E.B. Tylor, S. Freud - totem and tabu, C.G. Jung - archetyps of the unconscious, J.G. Frazer the Golden Bough (magic-religion-science), E. Durkheim, M. Weber, B. Malinowski - the religion of Trobriand Islanders; E. E. Evans-Pritchard - the religion of Nuer; C. Lévi-Strauss – structuralism, M. Eliade - comparative religious history of religion.
- Contemporaray anthropological approaches in religion (V. Turner, M. Douglas, C. Geertz...).
- Relation of religion, space/place and collective memory.