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Maxwell School
Maxwell / Department of Anthropology

Religious Systems

Anthropological studies of religion focus on lived practices rather than primarily on textual doctrines, and on the intersections between religion as practiced and other aspects of society, whether systems of economics, gender, politics, medicine and more. Religious Systems page_image# 1Religious beliefs and practices are infinitely varied from society to society and are developed and tailored with symbols, oral traditions, and rituals that complement and support the social systems in which they are imbedded. At Syracuse University, our faculty examine, amongst other issues,  religion and gender systems, rituals and oral traditions as representative especially of those marginalized by elite institutions, religion and politics, whether in Brazil, India, China, Europe or the US; and the interface of religious and medical systems, including religious and medical pluralism, in societies across the globe.


Tamil Christian marriage