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Belief” might be the wrong word for it, partly because they do not assert it the way we do, or cling to it the way we do, or doubt it the way we do. Following Clifford Geertz, religious ideas may be, for the member, more along the line of “common sense” than proposition. ” attitude toward our ideas, even if on different subjects and with different views on those subjects. For many people (remote and nearby), religion is like common sense in that both seem self-evident, immediate, even obvious, no questions asked or needed.
There is no doubt that this accurately describes at least some premodern (and sometimes even modern) cases, as when pharaohs were deiﬁed in their own lifetimes or when deceased Mayan kings were left sitting on their thrones, allegedly still issuing orders. , placing Lenin’s corpse in a clear glass sarcophagus in the former Soviet Union for display) suggest a “sacred” attitude toward very powerful humans. 14 Studying Religion Anthropologically Another premodern, in particular medieval, approach to religion—one that carried over strongly into the modern era—was the comparative or classificatory approach.
We will also observe that the standard approach of developing “types” of religions does not quite succeed, since many ideas and concepts cross or defy typological boundaries. Any actual religion may integrate ideas and concepts from what would be considered different “types” of religion. Our exercise will give us our ﬁrst sustained opportunity to struggle with the problem of language in discussing and describing religion—language like “god” and “spirit” and “soul,” etc. Where such concepts appear, they may vary more or less greatly from colloquial uses of the terms; in some cases, they may not appear at all.