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Religion is Fundamental to Culture.

Religion is Fundamental to Culture.

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Published by: erica124 on Jan 07, 2010
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Religion is fundamental to culture.Religion is fundamental to culture.
Constantly changingConstantly changing
Diffuses across cultural barriers andDiffuses across cultural barriers andlanguage boundarieslanguage boundaries
Despite the urbanization and secularizationDespite the urbanization and secularizationof modern societies, religion still dominatesof modern societies, religion still dominatesthe lives and behaviors of billions of people.the lives and behaviors of billions of people.
What is religion?What is religion?
Manifests itself in many different ways (ancestor Manifests itself in many different ways (ancestor worship, animism, deities, living people withworship, animism, deities, living people withsupernatural powers)supernatural powers)
Key characteristics…Key characteristics…
 –Set of doctrines and beliefs relating to a god or godsSet of doctrines and beliefs relating to a god or gods –Rituals expressing these beliefsRituals expressing these beliefs –Expressed at routine intervals (holy days)Expressed at routine intervals (holy days) –Prayer is a common ritualPrayer is a common ritual –Many have vast, complex organizational structuresMany have vast, complex organizational structures

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