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Vocabulary for AP Human Geography Ch 6

Animism belief that objects, such as plant and stones, or natural events, like thunderstorms and earthquakes, have a discrete spirit and conscious life
Ethnic Religion A religion with relatively concentrated spatial distribution whose principals are likely based on physical characteristics of a particular location in which its adherents are concentrated
Pilgrimage A journey to a place considered sacred for religious purposes
Autonomous Religion A religion that does not have a central authority but shares ideas and cooperates informally
Fundamentalism Literal interpretation and strict adherence to basic principals of a religion (or religious branch, denomination, or sect)
Polytheism belief in or worship of more than one god
Branch a large and fundamental division within a religion
Ghetto During the middle ages, a neighborhood set up by law to be inhabited only by Jew, now used to denote a section of a city in which members of a minority live because of social, legal, or economic pressure
Sect A relatively small group that has broken away from an established denomination
Caste the class or distinct hereditary order into which a Hindu is assigned according to law
Solstice time when the sun is farthest from the equator
Hierarchal Religion A religion in which a central authority exercises a degree of control
Cosmogony A set of religious beliefs concerning the origin of the universe
Missionary an individual who helps to diffuse a universalizing religion
Denomination A division of a branch that unites a number of local congregations in a single legal and administrative body
Universalizing religion a religion that attempts to appeal to all people, not just those living in a particular location
Diocese the basic unit of geographic organization in the Roman Catholic Church
Pagan a follower of a polytheistic religion in ancient times
Monotheism the doctrine or belief of the existence of only one god
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