Unit 3 - Culture • De Blij Chapters –4 - Culture –5 - Identity –6 - Language –7 - Religion
OVERVIEW of Religion de Blij Chapter 7 AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
Religious Composition of the USWhat percentage of the US population do you thinkidentifies as: • Christian – Protestant, Catholic, Mormon, Orthodox etc. • Other Religions – Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu etc. • Unaffiliated with any religion – (atheist, agnostic, no religion in particular) What do you think is the largest single religious denomination in the US?
What parts of the US do you think have the greatest percentage of religious adherents?
What is Religion?• Worship of ancestral souls living in the natural world• Worship of an individual who possesses power granted by a supreme being• Belief in deity/deities Basic definition: traditions, beliefs, rituals, organizations relating to a god or gods
Religions of the World• Widespread religions have one characteristic in common: they are universalizing religions (global religions). They actively seek converts because they view themselves as offering belief systems of universal appropriateness and appeal.• Ethnic religions (cultural religions) do not seek converts outside of the group that gave rise to the religion. They tend to be spatially concentrated.
Put the following in order from greatest to least number of adherents: Buddhism Chinese Religions Christianity Hinduism Islam Judaism No Religion Sikhism
Estimated Adherents to Major World Religions • Christianity 2.0 billion • Islam 1.5 billion • No Religion 1.1 billion • Hinduism 900 million • Chinese Religions 390 million • Buddhism 370 million • Sikhism 24 million • Judaism 15 million
Syncretic Religions• Elements of different cultural sources are combined in a distinct way
Christmas Ancient Northern Europe • Winter Solstice on December 21 • Norse celebration “Yule” • Yule log & feast • Green Tree: reminder of Spring • Winter ending Ancient Rome • Winter Solstice “Saturnalia” (god of agriculture) • Feast of plentiful food & drink • Dec. 25: Holiday for Mithra (God of the Sun)Christianity co-opts Saturnalia & Yule with Christmas
Vocabulary• Secularism – Indifference or rejection of organized religious affiliations and ideas• Monotheism – worship of a single deity• Polytheism – worship of more than deity• Animistic religion – inanimate objects possess spirits and should be revered
Major Religions & Cultural Hearths Judaism Hinduism Christianity Buddhism Islam
Feng-ShuiTomb locations are of greatimportance because deceasedancestors are believed to exertgreat influence on the living.Therefore, it is important fortombs to be located inharmony with the naturalforces.Many factors were involved inthe location of a tomb includinggeographic requirements. Forexample, steep slopes, difficultterrain, angular cliffs should beavoided as sources of discord.
Countries with the Largest Muslim Populations (2009) Estimated Muslim % of the population %of the world Population that is Muslim Muslim populationIndonesia 202,867,000 88.2% 12.9%Pakistan 174,082,000 96.3 11.1India 160,945,000 13.4 10.3Bangladesh 145,312,000 89.6 9.3Egypt 78,513,000 94.6 5.0Nigeria 78,056,000 50.4 5.0Iran 73,777,000 99.4 4.7Turkey 73,619,000 ~98 4.7Algeria 34,199,000 98.0 2.2Morocco 31,993,000 ~99 ~2
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One of the greatest cities of the world, Cahokia was larger than London was in AD 1250.
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Prime Minister Indira Gandhi wasassassinated by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984
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Christian Shiite Muslim Exclave EnclaveA piece of land of a particular state that A piece of territory that is surrounded byis separated from it by another state another political union of which it is not part
“Ethnic Cleansing” moved Muslims and others from their homes
In Srebrenica, Bosnia approximately 8,000 Muslim boys and men were killed