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REL 412/512 Myth, Symbol and Ritual

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, 3 credits in Western religion, 3 credits in non-Western religion, 3 credits in theory of religion or social scientific theory or permission of the instructor. (Second semester—odd years/3 credits) 

A critical exploration of the meanings and functions of myths, symbols and rituals in a variety of the world’s cultures. Readings will be drawn from a number of primary and secondary texts in an effort to understand what we mean by “myth,” “symbol” and “ritual,” and how these categories relate to “religion.”