An Interview with an Anthropologist

Dear Readers of World Religion Weekly,

This post was a long time coming. On July 27th, my grandmother and I enjoyed a mid afternoon coffee break with Professor Crane, of Linfield College. She is an anthropologist who deals primarily with religion, most notably with Buddhism and Catholicism. We discussed her time in the Buddhist monasteries and the answers to my list of questions.

It was a fascinating way to spend part of the afternoon, and it really revealed my own interest in anthropology.

The sweet Cafe was too loud so a proper interview, so, afterwards, she answered my list of questions. Here are the answers in audio file form, with the questions above to clarify their context.

  1. How often has religion come up in your anthropological studies?

2. What religion have you interacted with the most? Any others?

3. Do you yourself have a religious affiliation?

4. Is there anything you’d like to  say about religion from an anthropologist’s viewpoint?



5. Could you talk about religion’s changing role throughout history?

6. What do you have to say about absence of religion from an anthropologist’s viewpoint?

7. What do you think is the most realistic ideal relationship between individuals of different religious affiliations?

Thanks for reading and listening,

Audrey Cole