RELI 381

African/Indigenous Religions

This course examines and discusses religious beliefs in Africa and among the Indigenous peoples in the world, particularly in the Americas and Asia. It will explore the relationship between religion and culture in these diverse settings and illumine the manner that social and environmental forces are shaped by religio-cultural dynamics and vice-versa. Special attention will be paid to issues of land, women, sacred sites, and the ecology. Readings from initiation ceremonies (Malidoma Somé's Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman) and the Ecology (Winona LaDuke's All our Relations) will constitute essential readings in the course. This course is a General Education Tier II Humanities course.

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