AP Human Geography Chapter 6

AP Human Geography Chapter 6 Vocabulary  
  
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branch
 
a large and fundamental division within a religion
denomination
 
a division of a branch that unites number of local congregations into a single legal and administrative body
sect
 
a relatively small group that has broken away from an established denomination
animism
 
belief that objects, such as plants and stones, or natural events, like thunderstorms and earthquakes, have a discrete spirit and conscious life
missionaries
 
individuals who help to transmit a universalizing religion through relocation diffusion
ghetto
 
a city neighborhood set up by law to be inhabited only by Jews
pilgrimage
 
a journey for religious purposes to a place considered sacred
cosmogony
 
a set of religious beliefs concerning the origin of the universe
solstice
 
time when the sun is farthest from from the equator
hierarchical religion
 
a religion in which a central authority exercises a high degree of control
diocese
 
the basic unit of geographic organization in the Roman Catholic Church
autonomous religion
 
a religion that does not have a central authority but shares ideas and cooperates informally
fundamentalism
 
literal interpretation and strict and intense adherence to basic principles of a religion
caste
 
teh class or distinct hereditary order into which a Hindu was assigned according to religious law
interfaith boundaries
 
the boundaries between the world's major religions
intrafaith boundaries
 
the boundaries between deifferent branches within a major religion
shamanism
 
a range of traditional beliefs and practices that involve the ability to diagnose, cure, and sometimes cause human suffering because of a special relationship with, or control over, spirits
syncretism
 
the combination of different forms of belief or practice
traditional religion
 
religion that is considered original to a people or culture
tribal religion
 
ethnic religion which is practiced by a tribe or small group of tribes
zionism
 
the movement of return of the Jewish to the Holy Land in modern-day Israel, where they should have sovereignty

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