Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

What do you need to study to understand purity, according to Douglas? What is purity? What is contagion? What is pollution? How are these concepts related?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the different perceptions of primitive society by Durkheim, Frazer, Smith, and Robertson. How does the author of the book, Douglas, feel about each of these perceptions? Who do you feel has the most accurate views and why?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze hygiene and how it compares to rituals as described in the reading. What is the significance of ritual in hygiene? Can you be hygienic without ritual? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 4

What happens when order is absent from the cultures that Douglas describes? What factors create disorder? Do you think Douglas is accurate here?

Essay Topic 5

What is the difference between holiness and blessing as Douglas defines them? How are both related to these concepts: morality...

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