The Interpretation of Cultures

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First, read the pages from The Interpretation of Cultures that are indicated in the syllabus. Next, choose either “Religion as a Cultural System”, “Ethos, World View, and the Analysis of Sacred Symbols”, or “Deep Play: Notes on a Balinese Cockfight”. Then restate the essay you have chosen in your own words. When you can\’t find words of your own that will capture his meaning, add a footnote in which you explicate the passage. You will probably find the OED and Roget’s Thesaurus helpful at times. Some of you may find it useful to think of this paper as an exercise in translation. The point of the assignment is for you to arrive at a perceptive, compact, and lucid understanding of his thoughts. I will grade your paper on the perceptiveness and thoughtfulness of your reading and the clarity and beauty of your writing. the Book is “The Interpretation of Cultures” by Clifford Geertz ISBN: 9780465097197
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