Students will select a ritual object and offer an interpretation of the object with regard to how and why the object has religious significance. The following questions should serve as your guide for the paper:
– How is/was the object used? What is its history? How and where was it produced?
– Are there any regulations or restrictions pertaining to the object with regard to who uses it and how it is used?
– What specific meanings and/or interpretations are applied to this object? Is it representative of another reality? Is the object believed to have power, and if so, what is the source of its power?
The paper should include an image/photo of the object as part of the assignment.
The Religious Object The interpretation paper should be 4 pages in length at a minimum, with the photo(s) not included as part of the paper for purposes of determining its length.