The Tapestry of Culture
Rosman and Rubel
Chapter 10 Study Guide

  1. What do the Trobriand Islanders believe happens to a person when he or she dies?

  2. What two categories do Western cultures split the world into?

  3. According to Rosman and Rubel, religion involves interaction between what and what?

  4. How does magic differ from other aspects of religion?

  5. What three kinds of ghosts do people believe in?

  6. What sort of inanimate forces are sometimes seen as being spirits?

  7. What Polynesian term is used to describe an impersonal supernatural force or power that is inherent in people or things?

  8. What term is applied to the idea that all things, animate or inanimate, are living and form a spiritual aspect?

  9. What three categories of supernatural beings do the Wogeo of New Guinea believe in?

  10. What was Durkheim's idea about the supernatural world and human society?

  11. What is the difference between prayer and hortatory rituals?

  12. What was the vision quest of North American Indian societies?

  13. What happens to humans when they eat meat from sacrifices animals?

  14. What are two broad categories of ritual? When do each occur?

  15. What kind of religious specialist is usually the only one in small-scale societies? From what people does this term come?

  16. What sort of activities do diviners engage in?

  17. What is the difference between socery and witchcraft in anthropology?

  18. How is magic different from socery and witchcraft?

  19. How do priests differ from other religious specialists?

  20. What is syncretism?

  21. What kind of religious groups have sought to mix religion and politics?

  22. What are five of the six goals of religion? (Pay attention to topic sentences)

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