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AP GEO CH 6

Adams HCHS AP Human Geo. Rubenstein Ch6

QuestionAnswer
Agnosticism Belief that nothing can be known about whether God exists
Animism Belief that objects, such as plants and stones, or natural events, like thunderstorms and earthquakes, have a discrete spirit and conscious life
Atheism Belief that God does not exist
Autonomous religions A religion that does not have a central authority but shares ideas and cooperates informally.
Branch A large and fundamental division within a religion
Caste The class or distinct hereditary order into which a Hindu is assigned according to religious law.
Cosmogony A set of religious beliefs concerning the origin of the universe.
Denomination A division of a branch that unites a number of local congregations in a single legal and administrative body
Ethnic religion A religion with a relatively concentrated spatial distribution whose principles are likely to be based on the physical characteristics of the particular location in which its adherents are concentrated
Fundamentalism Literal interpretation and strict adherence to basic principles of a religion (or a religious branch, denomination, or sect).
Ghetto During the Middle Ages, a neighborhood in a city set up by law to be inhabited only by Jews; now used to denote a section of a city in which members of any minority group live because of social, legal, or economic pressure.
Hierarchical religion A religion in which a central authority exercises a high degree of control.
Missionary An individual who helps to diffuse a universalizing religion.
Monotheism The doctrine or belief of the existence of only one god
Pagan A follower of a polytheistic religion in ancient times
Pilgrimage A journey to a place considered sacred for religious purposes.
Polytheism Belief in or worship of more than one god
Sect A relatively small group that has broken away from an established denomination
Solstice Event that occurs twice each year when the tilt of the Earth’s axis causes the Sun’s apparent position to reach the northernmost or southernmost extreme. The longest and shortest days of the year.
Syncretic A religion that combines several traditions
Universalizing religions A religion that attempts to appeal to all people, not just those living in a particular location
Congregation A local assembly of persons brought together for common religious worship
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