Relgion 3 – Article Example
Task How to approach studying new religion Introduction Religion is a faith in a supernatural being and is a human nature. All human beings seem to have an inclination to certain supernatural beings. This has been traced to the fact that all human beings have a spiritual lust. That when humanity reaches beyond their ability, they surrender to some supernatural beings. There are different traditional practices in various religious forms that look at different things as their deity.
The approaches to be used to study religion may vary depend on the situation; in most cases, the indigenous groups have their origin of religion in their primitive culture. Many primitive cultures originate as beliefs, and superstitions that originate from one person or a group of people who may have experienced something mysterious that human ability is unable to control. Such occurrences may be attributed to the work of gods depending on the belief system of the people in question.
The approach to use in studying an indigenous religion may involve using a translator to interview the people who practice the indigenous religion. This should involve interviewing how the belief began and any occurrences that was beyond human explanation and verifying if possible. The system of practices used to perform the religious activities and rituals should be observed, and questions be asked according to each ritual. The study of an indigenous religion should also involve observing how the believers of the indigenous religion practice their faith, and how they conduct themselves during specific religious ceremonies. The basic tenets and the underlying beliefs should be examines since they dictate hoe believers of any religion believes. There is also need to compare the basic assumptions of the indigenous religion against main world religions because their assumptions and key practices, as well as the moral values, may have similarities (Cox).
In conclusion, indigenous religion may borrow from main religions and can be studied for a good understanding.
Cox, James. The Primitive, The Primal, The Indigenous In The Study Of Religion. Journal of
the American Academy of Religion. 2008. Vol. 79(4). 10.1093/jaarel/lfn081