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Questions for Feb 6th

  • What is the "ethnographer's dilemma?"
  • Where do you situate yourself in Richlin's chart of Optimists and Pessimists? Be prepared to locate yourself on the chart and explain your position.

  • Be prepared to explain Lerner's argument about how the development of archaic city states brought about changes in religious beliefs and symbols.
  • How are religious beliefs tied to political and social organizations?
  • What can we learn about a society's view of gender from its religious practices, its views on creation, and the nature of it's deities?

  • What can we learn about Greek views of gender and the role of women from Hesiod's Theogony?

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