Terms and Questions:

Sacred Symbolism

 

Terms:

1.    Symbolic communication

2.    Sign

3.    Symbol

4.    First order religious discourse

5.    Second order religious discourse

6.    Master symbol (“root symbol”)


Questions:

1.    What are the essential features of “symbolic communication” as Livingston describes it?

2.    What is a representational symbol and how does it differ from a presentational symbol?  Illustrate with examples.

3.    How does the statue of Shiva Nataraja illustrate the nature of a Master symbol?  Give other examples.