Tylor developed intellectual arguments about early human beings observations and thoughts. He asked how human beings resolved two perplexing existential problems. One has to do with the questions they would ask when they experienced the death of a person they had known. How did they explain the difference that person before and then after? And then another basic human experience dreaming about that person. How does this develop into his notion of the origin of religion? According to the argument of Tylor, these two existential phenomena led humans to reason, think and create aspects of belief and culture.
Using MS Word, provide a minimum of three paragraphs that address the following 4 questions, using references from the text when you use a term or idea from Tylor. Simple references are sufficient (i.e. : Tylor, p. 34).
- 1)Explain the two phenomena that Tylor identified, which he argued all human beings experience.
- 2)According to Tylor, what was the reasoning process that early human beings undertook? What did early human beings conclude from their observations of these two phenomena?
- 3)Explain how Tylor uses the ideas of phantom, soul and spirit.
- 4)How is Tylors definition of religion the result of the reasoning he provides above?