Guided Reading for The Western Traditions.
Find the answer to each of these questions as it is given in the textbook before moving on to the next question.
Some answers, drawn from the textbook alone, will be rather simplistic. They can, and should, be elaborated upon as your knowledge of the subject grows.
It is part of the Guided Reading assignments that student should ASK as well as answer questions.
Pages 309 – 324:
The symbol (*) after a question indicates that these might be used for longer essays in your quizzes.
- How do many people in contemporary non-Indigenous societies think of "orality"?
- How is a preference for video, film, or television usually seen?
- What is as true for Indigenous tales as for the parables of Jesus?
- What may Indigenous stories tell us more about?
- What should we not assume about all oral stories?
- What may be the most important point to remember about interpreting Indigenous stories?
- Who is Amma?
- What impression have aborigines traditionally given about the events of the Dreaming?
- What is typical of Dreaming tales?
- What is "Turtle Island"?
- What do Indigenous origin stories typically presuppose?
- To what are tricksters typically related?
- Of what is Eshu an explicit example?
- Why have almost all the trickster figures we know of been male? (*)
- What sort of functions do rituals perform in Indigenous cultures? Is this similar to or different from other cultures?
- What seems evident about people’s beliefs in their religious stories and rituals?
- What do we find when we look closely at the rituals of any Indigenous culture?
- What are “rites of passage?” (*)
- What are the sangomas in South Africa?
- What did Sam Gill argue to be the point of the Wiradjuri initiation ritual?
- What was crucial for the Ainu, the Sioux, and the Xhosa in their sacrificial rituals?
- What does the creation of the special lodge built for the Sun Dance replicate?
- What do ritual actions relate to in each case?
- How are works of art very often understood in this context?