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AP Human Geog. Ch 6

Vocabulary Terms- Religion

QuestionAnswer
Universalizing Religions A religion that attempts to appeal to all people, not just those living in a particular location
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
Branch A larch and fundamental division within a religion
Denomination A division of a branch that unites a number of local congregations in a single legal and administrative body
Sect A relatively small group that has broken away from an established denomination
Monotheism The doctrine or belief of the existence of only one god
Polytheist Belief in or worship of more than one god
Animism Belief that objects, such as plants and stones, or natural events, like thunderstorms and earthquakes, have a discrete spirit and conscious life
Pagan A follower of a polytheistic religion in ancient times
Missionary An individual who helps to diffuse a universalizing religion.
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.
Pilgrimage A journey to a place considered sacred for religious purposes.
Cosmogony A set of religious beliefs concerning the origin of the universe.
Solstice Time when the Sun is farthest from the equator.
Diocese The basic unit of geographic organizaton in the Roman Catholic Church.
Autonomus Religions A religion that does not have a central authority but shares ideas and cooperates informally.
Fundamentalism Literal interpretation and strict adherence to basic principles of a religion (or a religious branch, denomination, or sect).
Caste The class or distinct heriditary order into which a Hindu is assigned according to religious law.
Hierarchical Religion The spread of a feature or trend from one key person or node of authority or power to other persons or places.
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