|In this unit we have discovered that the
relationship between sacred societies and larger societies is a vast and
complex area of study. We have seen the reciprocal relationship between
society and religion as well as the ways that one can influence the
other. In addition, we have looked at how religious societies can
be classified in terms of their relationship to the dominant culture and
religious tradition. The ways that sacred societies reform and divide
were also explored.
Later in the course, we will return briefly to the question of Sacred
Societies when we consider how these communities function to support
specific ways of approaching Ultimate Realityo.