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Supernatural Beings. Supernatural : “above the natural” Not obeying the laws of nature as we know them. Many times the supernatural is explained by science, further blurring the line between religion and science. Supernatural beings: Major deities (gods and goddesses we mentioned before) - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Supernatural BeingsSupernatural: above the naturalNot obeying the laws of nature as we know them.Many times the supernatural is explained by science, further blurring the line between religion and science.Supernatural beings:Major deities (gods and goddesses we mentioned before)Ancestral spiritsOther sorts of spirit beings(?)

  • PolytheismBelief in several gods and/or goddesses (as contrasted with monotheismbelief in one god or goddess).PantheonThe several gods and goddesses of a people.AnimismA belief in spirit beings thought to animate nature.

  • Sacred PlacesSacred: Entitled to reverence and respectShrinesA shrine is an object or building that contains sacred objects or is associated with a venerated person or deityEx:: Fairy CircleEx: Aten temple, Akhenaten (King Tuts dad)Ex: Synagogue, Mosque, Church

  • animismAnimism is typical of peoples who see themselves as a part of nature rather than superior to it.A belief in spirit beings, other than ancestors, who are believed to animate all of natureThese spirit beings are closer to humans than gods and goddesses and are concerned with human activities.Ex: Kami (traditional Japanese Shinto beliefs)

  • Animatism is a belief that the world is animated by impersonal supernatural powers. (I.e. The Force)

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