After reading Part 3 in the Partridge textbook, students will select three questions from the list of 10 review questions on p. 165, then write a 3-page narrative paper divided into three sections: Introduction, Discussion, and Conclusion, responding to each of the three questions selected. The 3-page narrative should not include the Reference page, or a Cover page to the assignment, those would be in addition to the 3-pages of narrative writing. The paper should be referenced and cited in proper APA format. In addition to the Partridge textbook as a reference, students will be expected to support their discussion of the three questions with a minimum of two additional scholarly references.
1. Why is interpreting indigenous religions as “primitive religions’ from which ‘more advanced” examples later emerge as problematic?
2. Why is the concept of respect so pervasive in indigenous religions?
3. Why do so many indigenous religions regard witchcraft and sorcery as problematic?
4. Why might it be more appropriate to refer to “beliefs” rather than religion when considering indigenous traditions?
5. Explain why land is so important to Australian aborigines?
6. Explore and compare the role of shamanism in two different indigenous traditions?
7. Why do African religions often lack a distinction between the sacred and the secular?
8. Explain the relationship of the religions the Bangwa with Christianity?
9. Compare and contrast the beliefs of three indigenous religions.
10. Why is the pairing of opposites in nature so important to native North Americans.