Anthropology, Religion, & Culture

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Anthropology is a humanistic discipline, that studied the diversity of human kind it its cultural manifestations.’ (Miller P4) Culture is the core concept of anthropology, and without doubt is essential to human life. Culture is present in all societies, it is one the foundations of human life. We are surrounded by culture daily, wether we notice it consciously or unconsciously. Thus, it is important to know that culture does influence human life in many different ways. Throughout this essay I will discuss three main factors of culture that are essential to human life: religion, the food industry and lastly the economy. Religion can be explored from an anthropological perspective. Cultures are defined by many different religions, different religions shape different cultures, and different people around the world practice their own religion in a distinctive manner, which they acquire through rituals, doctrines and myths. For example, Christians believe in the bible and practice prayers by attending church. On the other hand, Muslims practice the Qur’an and practice prayers by attending the Mosque. Since culture is learned, so is religion. Religion can be considered as a way that explains, validates, comforts and explains the world. Clifford Geertz (1966) defined religions as a ‘system of symbols, which act to establish powerful, pervasive and long-lasting mood and motivation in men’ This means, that religion has an emotional power, which is essential in human experience. Moreover, religion meets the deep needs that humans have to better understand the world beyond immediate experience, to seek comfort and to be part of a community. (Lesson 5, Video) Religion, therefore, defines and explains the world and establishes appropriate reactions towards it. Thus religion provides ways of explaining and dealing with universal human problems such as life and death,
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