Page 1

Anthropology of Religion Photo-Essay

Anthropology of Religion Photo-Essay by Kati Holland October to December 2014 Course Tutors: Richรกrd Papp, Anna Vancsรณ Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology Faculty of Social Sciences Eรถtvรถs Lorรกnd University


Anthropology of Religion Photo-Essay

Anthropology of Religion Photo-Essay During autumn 2014 we visited 5, or we were visited by 3*, of the following religious organisations: 08/10: International Society for Krishna Consciousness 15/10: Mosque Of Budapest 22/10: Christian Coptic Orthodox Church 05/11: Kim Heung Sik, Cornerstone Church 12/11: Botond Szathmári on Prebuddhism* 19/11: Tamás Bereczky, “Urban Shaman”* 26/11: Franciscans of Pasarét 03/12: Nemes Pál, Evangelical Community*

1


Anthropology of Religion Photo-Essay Anthropology of Religion Photo-Essay

My main research questions for the places we visited (“shooting script”): • What is the global appearance of each religion, the building, what art forms, symbols or colour scheme do they use? • What is the physical appearance of their representatives? • How do they use space? How do they structure our meeting, was it formal, informal, structured, unstructured, who was standing, sitting? • How do they use propoganda? • How do they fund themselves, how do they relate to money, materialism?

2


Anthropology of Religion Photo-Essay Anthropology of Religion Photo-Essay

Research questions for the people who visited us: • What is the global appearance of the person, the overall impression? • What does their metacommunication say, in particular their hands? • How do they relate to the audience, do they make eye contact?

3


International Society for Krishna Consciousness

global appearance: colour orange

4


International Society for Krishna Consciousness

global appearance: decorative, colourful, floral

5


International Society for Krishna Consciousness

global appearance: art, symbolism (lilly)

6


International Society for Krishna Consciousness

physical appearance: shoes removed, trousers white or orange: celibacy

7


International Society for Krishna Consciousness

use of space: relatively informal, unstructured, audience standing or seated

8


International Society for Krishna Consciousness

propaganda

9


International Society for Krishna Consciousness

materialism, funding

10


global appearance: colour crimson

Mosque of Budapest

11


global appearance: ornate, regimental, spatial

Mosque of Budapest

12


global appearance: art, smbolism (pillars, lilly)

Mosque of Budapest

13


physical appearance: street clothes, shoes removed

Mosque of Budapest

14


use of space: relatively formal, structured, linear, audience seated; religious ceremony facing Mecca, segregation

Mosque of Budapest

15


Mosque of Budapest

propaganda

16


materialism, funding

Mosque of Budapest

17


global appearance: colour crimson and burgundy

Christian Coptic Orthodox Church

18


global appearance: decorative, ornate, rounded arches, incense

Christian Coptic Orthodox Church

19


global appearance: art, symbolism (cross, halo)

Christian Coptic Orthodox Church

20


physical appearance: black, white or grey robes; tattoo; woman hair covered

Christian Coptic Orthodox Church

21


use of space: formal, structured, linear, audience seated

Christian Coptic Orthodox Church

22


Christian Coptic Orthodox Church

propaganda

23


Christian Coptic Orthodox Church

materialism, funding

24


global appearance: no obvious theme (“yellow on the outside, white on the inside�)

Cornerstone Church

25


global appearance: office-like, homely, friendly

Cornerstone Church

26


global appearance: symbolism (cross), art (photos)

Cornerstone Church

27


physical appearance: street clothes, smiling!

Cornerstone Church

28


use of space: less formal, less structured, circle, everyone seated

Cornerstone Church

29


Cornerstone Church

propaganda

30


materialism, funding

Cornerstone Church

31


global appearance: colour beige

Franciscans of PasarĂŠt

32


global appearance: large building, but not grandiose

Franciscans of PasarĂŠt

33


global appearance: symbolism (cross, tau)

Franciscans of PasarĂŠt

34


physical appearance: brown hooded robe, knotted rope, beads, cross

Franciscans of PasarĂŠt

35


use of space: less formal, less structured, circle, everyone seated, Franciscans amongst us

Franciscans of PasarĂŠt

36


Franciscans of PasarĂŠt

propaganda

37


materialism, funding

Franciscans of PasarĂŠt

38


overall impression: white embroided shirt, extremely knowledgable

Prebuddhism

39


metacommunication - hands: very expressive, rational

Prebuddhism

40


audience contact: audience attentive, eye contact present (not shown)

Prebuddhism

41


overall impression: white shirt, passionate about what he does

Urban Shaman

42


metacommunication - hands: very expressive, emotional

Urban Shaman

43


audience contact: audience attentive, eye contact present

Urban Shaman

44


overall impression: black shirt, cravat, wastecoat... (symbolism?) “when ONE MAN and ONE WOMAN marry, they form an alliance”

Evangelical Community

45


metacommunication - hands: reserved or defensive, alliance?

Evangelical Community

46


audience contact: lack of eye contact

Evangelical Community

47


The End

Holland Katalin - Anthropology of Religion Photoessay  
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you