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M.R.E. Chapter ONE

Terms

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incantation
a spell or verbal charm used as part of a ritual of magic.
charismatic
having extraordinary or supernatural power or charm, persuasive.
moral or ethical code
a system of rules or principles or laws regarding right conduct
religion
the response a person gives to the mystery of life; a response to the mystery of life that is organized, ritualized, and agreed upon by a group of people.
ritual
the ordered words and actions of a religious ceremony.
mores
customs of a group that re morally binding
culture
A people's expression of who they are and what they believe about themselves and the world in which they live, the sum of their art, literature, music, dance, folklore, and religion.
religious system
a response to the mystery of life adhered to by a group, and expressed by means of formulas, rituals, and a moral or ethical code.
shaman
a religious or magic practitioner who, on behalf of a group, with the aid of guardian spirits, enters into a trance-like state to make contact with the power of the spirit world.
liturgy
an action associated with religious worship and practice
capricious
impulsive
formula
a set form of words for use in a ceremony or ritual
magic
the use of devices, such as spells and charms, believed to have supernatural powers
postulate
propose; put forward a plan or intention
totem
a spiritual fore in an object affecting the life or an individual or a group.
anthropologist
one who studies the science of human beings, especially their origin, nature, and destiny.
taboo
a positively forbidden action.
preliterate
before the use of writing
prehistory
the time before written records
areligious
without religion.
secular
nonreligious, worldly or temporal.
mystery
the unknown and unknowable dimension of reality that lies behind and beyond ordinary human experience.
artifacts
usually handmade objects representing a particular culture or stage of technological development.
archaeologist
a scientist who studies the material remains of past human life and activities
primitive
early ancestral type
placate
to appease or soothe someone or some power
transcultural
spanning more than one culture or social group; passing from one culture to another.
propitiation
an attempt to appease or pacify someone or some power
infantilism
the living of religion on the level of children

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