Wallace's Typology of Religions


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Which type of religion was most typical of chiefdoms?

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1. Traditions that are considered Olympian are most likely to have what concept of supernatural beings?

2. Communal religions may have which of the following features?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Given the importance of religion to understanding human culture, many anthropologists have proposed theories explaining different religious beliefs. One of these anthropologists was Anthony Wallace, who developed categories in which he classified the different types of religions. These questions will go over the specifics of Wallace's categories of religion, such as the different categories and the specifics of individual religions that fall into those categories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Common religious traditions in chiefdoms
  • The view of the supernatural in Olympian traditions
  • The features of communal religions
  • Characteristics of deities in Shamanic traditions
  • The most popular religious category in modern nation-states

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - after you read through the lesson, test your recollection of the basic points on Wallace's religious categories with these quiz questions
  • Defining key concepts - go further in your understanding of the topic by defining the terms that refer to specific religious categories, such as Monotheistic, Shamanic, and Olympian
  • Knowledge application - put your knowledge of the lesson to the test by identifying the key features of specific religious categories and the characteristics of religions that fall into those categories

Additional Learning

To learn more about ways to classify religions, review the corresponding lesson called Wallace's Typology of Religions. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Anthropological overview of religion
  • Monotheistic traditions
  • Olympian traditions
  • Communal traditions
  • Shamanic traditions