ANT6210 Advanced Symbolic Anthropology
Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Analysis of the function of ritual in context. It moves from key principles, to analysis of one’s own context and formulation of questions to guide analysis. It culminates in use of these same questions to analyze ritual in a more culturally distant context.
How This Course Benefits Students:
Equip students to understand ritual in cultural context. We will work with practices with which they are familiar and then consider those from more distant cultures. On this, students will formulate a series of questions to explore ritual in context.
Why This Course Is Important:
It is easy to read about and categorize rituals. However, this does not give us a rich understanding of the why and how of ritual in context. By understanding our own ritual in context and developing a process of evaluating riutal in context, we will be equipped for any context.