CHAPTER ELEVENTHE ORIGIN and DISTRIBUTION of RELIGION
Religion & language lie at the foundation of culture; they are vital strands in the fabricof society. Religion, like language, confers identity. From eating habits to dress codes,religion sets the standards for members of societies. How are religions like languages? Is there any resistance to religious change? The cultural landscape is marked by religion – by statues, ….
…. by architecture that dominatesurban landscapes, ….
ORGANIZED RELIGIONSPERCEIVED CULTURAL PERCEIVED CULTURALPOSITIVES NEGATIVESUnifying cultural force Divisive cultural forceCombating social ills Block scientific studySustaining the poor Supported colonialism & exploitationEducating the deprived Encourage oppression of dissidentsProviding health care & Condemn women to inferiorrelief statusArt & architecture Encourage oppression of dissidents - fundamentalism
THE GEOGRAPHY of RELIGIONIn many parts of the world, especially in more traditional ones, religion is such a vital partof culture that it practically constitutes culture. In other societies, especially moremodern ones, religion has become less significant in the lives of many people. What rolewould technology play in the role of religion in people’s lives?
If religion eludes precise definition, we can observe some its key characteristics, includingdoctrines and beliefs ….