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FOLK 510 401 Ethnography of Belief

David J. Hufford
Seminar: Monday, 1:00 - 3:00

Contact: Dr. David J. Hufford: dhufford@sas.upenn.edu

Cross-listed: RELS-507

This course will examine traditional systems of supernatural belief with an emphasis on the role of personal experience in their development and maintenance. The course will focus on subject of belief generally conceived of as being “folk” in some sense (e.g., beliefs in ghosts), but will not exclude a consideration of popular and academic beliefs where appropriate (e.g., popular beliefs about UFO’s and theological doctrines of the immortality of the soul). The course will be multidisciplinary in scope. This course serves as an introduction to folk belief systems and is open to qualified undergraduate students.

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