Course code Antr2023
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of student independent work hours
4 6 64 64 96
E-courses Antr2023: Etnography of Asia II
Course annotation
The course deals with the Asian etnography which studies the way people understand their surroundings, as well as the actions and utterances of the other members of their society. Students are introduced into studies of symbols and the processes, such as myth and ritual, by which humans assign meanings to these symbols to address fundamental questions about human social life. Part II deals with regional case studies.

•Make a distinction between the two major approaches of the symbolic anthropology. (One is associated with Clifford Geertz and the University of Chicago and the other with Victor W. Turner at Cornell, and David Schneider who was also a major figure in the development of symbolic anthropology.
•participate in seminars, know scholarly expressions, to understand the main approaches and interpretations;
•develop clear notion concerning the symblic, mythological and ritualistic differences of the respective Asian regions.
Course plan
1.MENA: Regional profile2L
2.MENA: Ancient Arabic mythology.4L
3.MENA: Ancient Iranian myths and rituals.4L
4.MENA: Ancient Turkic mythology.4L
5.MENA: Berber syncretism.2L
6.South Asia Regional Profile2L
7.The reaction of Indo-Aryans to the world into which they had arrived2L
8.The mythological roots of the varna/caste order 2L
9.Myth and reality in great epics „Mahābhārata” and „Rāmāyana”2L
10.Woman and its role in the light of mythology 2L
11.Traditional rituals in festivities2L
12.Mythology and rituals in the everyday life of India and in art. 2L
13.SEA: Regional Profile2L
14 Bali Odalan 2L
15.SEA: Wayang rituals2L
16.SEA, Philippines: Igorot Shamanism & Modernity2L
17.SEA, Philippines: Mumbaki, myth and rituals2L
18.SEA, Peranakan: Cemetery Symbolism2L
19.SEA, Philippine syncretism: rituals in Pampanga, Luzon2L
20.SEA: Banahaw2L
21China: Regional profile2L
22Chine: Life under Confucianism4L
23Thaoism ant ethnographic notions2L
24Tylor and Mabett2L
25 A.Kroeber Totem and Tabu. 2L
26R. Belah, Religious Evolution2L
27Obsession and Posession by Freud2L
28R.H.Codrington: Mana.2L

Requirements for obtaining credit points Three Intermediate exams (written) 25% each
•Final examination
(written ) 25%
Total 100%

Study programmes Asian Studies
Cultural and Social Anthropology