Anthropology questions


To participate in the discussions for this module, students must initiate a thread and clearly indicate in the subject line what specific question they are addressing in their posts. Atleast one paragraph each question… if you write more, the better.

Question 1: How would you describe the worldview of your own culture? Although the United States is made up of a diverse population, can we say that there is a shared American worldview? If so, what characterizes this worldview? How is this worldview reflected in American culture?

Question 2: How do American media (including television and films) reflect the American worldview?

Question 3: In what ways are important American civil documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, like myths? In what ways are they different?

Question 4: Stories about supernatural topics (e.g., ghosts, angels, prophesies) can be found in informal venues such as the tabloids. Would you consider these to be religious stories or myths? Why or why not?

Question 5: Humans have been called “storytelling animals”. What is the importance of storytelling both for individuals and societies?

Question 6: Why do you think common themes are found in myths in different cultures?

Question 7: How does human psychology affect the nature of myths and the way we tell and perceive them?

Question 8: What recent movies have you seen that are based on the hero’s journey? Can you identify the stages?