Anthropology of Myth, Magic, and Religion
An anthropological course designed to explore and examine the place of magic and religion in human culture. Students will look closely and critically at ‘world religions’ (Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, etc.) with analytical exploration of smaller-scale religious and magical practices (shamanism, Wicca, new Age, Cargo Cults, etc.). The forms that magic and religion have taken in human cultures, both past and present, will be covered. Prerequisite: any college-level social science course.