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A2 Beliefs: holocaust memorial – sacred place

This file photo taken on 6 August, 2010 shows two tourists jumping over the concrete steles of the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.Safanah has shared this article about behaviour of people at a holocaust memorial. Some are deeply offended by their actions whilst other argue that it is fine because it is not a sacred place. It reminded Safanah of Durkheim and Bellah’s ideas about the sacred and profane and civil religion.

“It’s like a catholic church, it’s a meeting place, children run around, they sell trinkets. A memorial is an everyday occurrence, it is not sacred ground.”
Man juggle balls at memorial site
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A2 10 mark homework

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Using information from Item A analyse two reasons why Durkheim’s functions of religions are criticised.(10 marks)

Item A

Like men and women everywhere, the daily lives of some tribal people are a reflection of their beliefs and traditions. Rituals which to us may seem cruel and dangerous often serve a vital role in keeping law and order within a group, and are fundamental to identity. Practices like stick fighting, ritual whipping, bull jumping and scarification fulfil important functions. As well as showing that the culture is still strong and vibrant, they give participants pride in their heritage and a sense of belonging.