Religion As A Cultural System

1033 WordsOct 17, 20165 Pages
Through the different approaches that anthropologists took in regards to religion, anthropologists thoroughly focused on the different aspects of religion through the theories conducted in the 19th and 20th century. These different theories conducted in the nineteenth and twentieth century allowed anthropologists to look at religion as a product of the interpenetrations of cultural systems rather than a unified system. Religion was viewed as a belief in all societies and is highly visible. Religious practises and beliefs are a persistent tribute to humankinds nearly infinite resourcefulness and adaptability in coping with problems of daily life. Anthropologists have taken both an emic and etic perspective approach when studying religion. Emic perspective is an insider approach where the anthropologists take part in one’s culture first hand. Whereas, an etic approach is an outsider perspective where the anthropologists view one’s culture without interrupting their everyday lifestyle. Anthropologists have also taken a look at religion as not a landscape that has shifted fundamentally but as a landscape that is still shifting (pg.25, 2015). Religion is considered to be a cultural system. Back in the day, anthropologists studied religion through linguistics and first hand field work seeking the role of language and other cultural approaches. Anthropologists should apply Western theological ideas and concepts to anthropological theories about religion such as notions of sin,
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