Terms and Questions:

E.B. Tylor and James Frazer:
On Animism, Magic, and the Origins of Religion



1.    Ethnology

2.    Animism

3.    Magic


1.    Explain the two principles that informed the thinking of Tylor and Frazer as well as many other early scholars of religion.

2.    What was TylorÕs definition of religion?  Is it an adequate definition?  Why?

3.    According to Tylor, how and why did the human race first come to believe in spiritual beings?

4.    How does Tylor understand the relationship of religious and scientific thinking?

5.    How do Tylor and Frazer see religion in terms of human evolution?

6.    How does Frazer define and distinguish between magic and religion?