You are responsible for researching and finding an example of a ritual (religious activity) or object (item with religious significance) that could be described as both aprotropaic magic and from a syncretic background. In the paper you will describe the ritual or object, its cultural background, why you believe it is an example of aprotropaic magic, and describe its syncretic background. This will need to include a discussion, in your own words, of what syncretism is. This means you will be arguing for your ritual or object as an example both of aprotropaic magic and syncretism, given what we have learned, and you will be supporting your arguments using historical information and the definitions for aprotropaic magic and syncretism. Our discussions from Weeks 1-3 should be helpful in supporting your work.
You will use credible, scholarly sources, including ones from our class (this can include Scribd readings that we haven’t read yet so long as they are scholarly). Do not choose random internet sources where you can’t verify the author’s credentials or the veracity of the information. You are responsible for knowing that your sources are scholarly and credible.
The paper will be 2-3 pages long and use MLA format. 2-3 pages means that the minimum length is 2 full pages. You will likely need at least 3 full pages to do this assignment correctly and fully. Do not place a header on the first page. You should use a title page. Font size should be no larger than 12 point and a plain font such as Times New Roman, Cambria, or Calibri should be used. The paper should be proof-read before submission for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
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