The cross and catholics: magic or religion?

dc.contributor.advisorRobarchek, Claytonen_US
dc.contributor.authorMcHenry, Bryon K.
dc.date.accessioned2007-12-06T17:36:17Z
dc.date.available2007-12-06T17:36:17Z
dc.date.copyright2007en
dc.date.issued2007-05
dc.descriptionThesis (M.A.)--Wichita State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Anthropology.en
dc.description.abstractThe goal of this thesis is to understand the difference between Catholic “popular religion” and so-called “official religion” of the Roman Catholic Church, as it relates to the use of charms, and whether such usage is magic or religion. The “official religion” is belief and practices endorsed by the officials of the Holy See in Vatican City, “popular religion” is religion practiced without regard to “official” teachings or doctrines. I will look at criteria that qualify a religion in its practice as “popular” or “official.” I will then apply this to what I have observed in Wichita. It was concluded that the uses of charms by Catholics in Wichita were used as religious artifacts and not as magical charms. These religious artifacts were used in the proscribed manner of the Catholic Church and hence are “official.”en
dc.format.extentvii, 115 leaves.en
dc.format.extent338262 bytes
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.othert07030
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10057/1148
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.rightsCopyright Bryon K.McHenry, 2007. All rights reserved.en
dc.subject.lcshElectronic dissertationsen
dc.titleThe cross and catholics: magic or religion?en
dc.typeThesisen
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