Religious Observation

Religious Observation

For Report 1 you will observe a religious service, ceremony, or holiday. Pay attention to what people do, what the surroundings look like, what symbols or other images are important. Record these in your report. The report will focus on the description of the religious activity you witnessed. Also take care to explain the purpose of the religious activity, who participated, where it was held, and why. Your role here is to be an observer, to take notes and later explain what you observed so I can understand it. Keep it organized. Sometimes it helps to focus on a few key details; one way to approach the written portion is to select the most important four details you observed, and use these to explain the rest.Professional Custom Writing Services from the Experts!

I do expect you to use the book to interpret at least one feature of your observation. My suggestion is to review what Livingston says about symbols, or the sacred, or rituals, and use this to help explain what you are observing. Remember to cite the book. For example, if you attend a baptism ceremony, you might describe this as a Christian rite of passage which reenacts the baptism of Jesus as described in the Christian Gospel. In this case, note that Livingston points out that a common function of ritual is to reenact important moments in a religion (77).

The report should be about 4-5 pages in length (1000-1200 words), typed, double-spaced, using 12-point font. Remember to revise and proofread the essay before submitting it to check for correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation as well as clarity. Include the details of the time and place of your observation as well as either a photo of any brochure about the event or attach a photo of you at the event.

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