Ritual or Symbol Project
First you must choose whether you would like to write about rituals or symbols. Choose one main theme.
The comparative ethnographic project will largely focus on understanding ritual and religion within a comparative framework. First you will choose a ritual from your own cultural/ethnic back ground. You will need to describe it and what it reveals about the social, political, economic and ideological aspects of your culture. Second you will observe a ritual from a culture other than your own. You will need to describe it and what it reveals about the social, political, economic and ideological aspects of their culture. You will then write a comparative paper where you draw from your field observations and from at least 10 scholarly sources to help present your field work. You will want to discuss the role of ritual in general and how these specific rituals illustrate the importance of ritual at the individual and community level. Also, you will want to compare these rituals in a holistic manner.
Choose a symbol and trace its origins in a particular religious/secular tradition. Conduct fieldwork to asses what importance or meanings your chosen symbol may have to different people beyond those that might be traditionally attributed to it. How does the context of its appearance change its meaning? Where can you find this symbol? Where does the power of this symbol lie? Trace how your chosen symbolÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s meaning has changed over time? Is it used in rituals, if so how? You will need to also describe what this symbol reveals about the social, political, economic and ideological aspects of the culture where it is found predominantly. You will present all of this in a paper where you draw from your field observations and from at least 10 scholarly sources to help present your work.
1. Proposal form due January 18, 2011. (25 points)
2. Turn in your fieldnotes, journal, or surveys. These do not have to be typed, but must be legible. (15 points)
3. The paper will be between 4-5 typed single-spaced pages with 1 inch margins. Be sure to include proper citation style. Please use American Antiquity style for your citations. The style guide can be downloaded from saa.org under publications or from blackboard. You will be evaluated on how well you met the assignment, style and grammar, and most importantly content. The paper and fieldnotes will be due in class on March 10, 2011. (60 points)
Fieldwork: While conducting your fieldwork it is important to build rapport and always be respectful and relativistic. Please make sure that you ask permission of the people you will be observing, especially about taking pictures and being able to use them for your assignment. Your participation will vary depending on how much you build rapport with the community or group you are observing. Ask permission also about revealing actual names and also how much of the ritual you are able to report on. The key is to be very respectful and always explain what you are doing so that people feel comfortable with your presence.
I’m doing ritual on Egyptian Copts and comparing it to my ritual as a Sunni Muslim
I will attach my proposal and some sources I wanted to use