Anthropology | African Religions: Myth, Ritual, and Art
E312 | 0400 | Girshick
This course is an introduction to the variety of religious beliefs and
practices in sub-Saharan Africa. It will examine important themes that
are common to all indigenous African religions and their descendents in
the New World (Vodu and Santeria), themes such as myth and cosmos,
ancestors and ethics, and gender and spirit possession. The focus will be
on how religion is interwoven with social, political and economic aspects
of life and is expressed in myth, ritual, and art.
Requirements: midterm, final, and two short papers.