Magic and Religion in Latin America|
ANTH 280, RELI 284|
This course examines the use of magic and religion in the formation of collective memory, historical consciousness, and political community in Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Using ethnographic studies and historical texts this course will analyze the ways in which conquest, slavery and colonization, evangelization, nation-state formation, modernization, and recent global economic trends are refracted through magico-religious imagery and practices in various locales throughout Latin America. A wide range of beliefs, practices, and movements will be discussed including indigenous religions and shamanisms, messianic and millennial movements, Afro-creole sorcery and religious formations, folk Catholicism, and liberation theology.
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(LAST)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Clastres, Helene, THE LAND-WITHOUT-EVIL: TUPI-GUARANI PROPHETISM, 1995
Taussig, Michael, SHAMANISM, COLONIALISM, AND THE WILD MAN: A STUDY IN TERROR AND HEALING, 1987
Price, Richard, FIRST-TIME: THE HISTORICAL VISION OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN PEOPLE, 1983
Ferrandiz, Francisco, THE BODY IN ITS SENSES: THE SPIRIT POSSESSION CULT OF MARIA LIONZA IN CONTEMPORARY VENEZUELA
Whitehead, Neil and Wright, Robin, IN DARKNESS AND SECRECY: THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF ASSAULT SORCERY AND WITCHCRAFT IN AMAZONIA
Romberg, Raquel, WITCHCRAFT AND WELFARE: SPIRITUAL CAPITAL AND THE BUSINESS OF MAGIC IN MODERN PUERTO RICO, 2003
Nagle, Robin, CLAIMING THE VIRGIN: THE BROKEN PROMISE OF LIBERATION THEOLOGY IN BRAZIL, 1997
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two 5-page papers, mid-term and final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
No absences. Attendance required.
This course fulfills the "Religion in Society" requirement for the Religion Department major.
|Instructor(s): Routon,Kenneth Times: .M.W... 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: FISK414; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 6||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 3||SO: 6||FR: 4|
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