IS URL TO ARTICLEIn this assignment, you will read a scholarly article by Clifford Geertz, an anthropologist who engaged in symbolic anthropology, which explores a culture through its “webs of symbols” in order to understand the society and its constructions of meaning. Because of some of the language, this article may be a bit difficult to read—additional help can be found by first watching the second lecture on Southeast Asia, which discusses Geertz and a bit about the ideas he proposes in this writing. Additionally, looking into symbolic anthropology may help contextualize Geertz’s argument, though this is not required. Please write a post answering the following questions in 50 words or less each, and then respond to a peer’s post.Compare the importance of ritual power and political power in the theater state. Geertz discusses two ways that social relations impacted politics in Bali: the relationship between a family’s descent from gods and their social status, and the relationship between political power and popular support. Select one of these and illustrate how it informed politics and society in Bali. Based on Geertz’s description of theater states and illustration of Bali as a theater state, create your own imaginary theater state, which demonstrates some characteristics you would expect to see in any such polity.

IS URL TO ARTICLEIn this assignment, you will read a scholarly article by Clifford Geertz, an anthropologist who engaged in symbolic anthropology, which explores a culture through its “webs of symbols” in order to understand the society and its constructions of meaning. Because of some of the language, this article may be a bit difficult to read—additional help can be found by first watching the second lecture on Southeast Asia, which discusses Geertz and a bit about the ideas he proposes in this writing. Additionally, looking into symbolic anthropology may help contextualize Geertz’s argument, though this is not required. Please write a post answering the following questions in 50 words or less each, and then respond to a peer’s post.Compare the importance of ritual power and political power in the theater state. Geertz discusses two ways that social relations impacted politics in Bali: the relationship between a family’s descent from gods and their social status, and the relationship between political power and popular support. Select one of these and illustrate how it informed politics and society in Bali. Based on Geertz’s description of theater states and illustration of Bali as a theater state, create your own imaginary theater state, which demonstrates some characteristics you would expect to see in any such polity.

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