RE: The Anthropological view on Religion, The Supernatural and Magic : Part 1
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Religion also becomes part of culture. Clifford Gertz (also an anthropologist) discuses common sense, norms, and cultural codes in "The Interpretation of Cultures (1973). In his theory, common sense is a set of beliefs and values that individuals internalize and accept as a set of the most obvious, natural, correct actions that one could take in any given situation. When individuals act in accordance with what their common sense, they are acting in accordance with how their society and culture dictates. A notion of common sense can extend to anything, from what to do about a sick child, to courtship rituals, to how to properly treat guests.
It is easy to observe that religion becomes a cultural norm in many, if not all cultures (whether they are the area's dominant culture or a subculture). And religions have a great role in setting that "common sense." So, I think that religion also has a unique way of orienting action.