**Assignment 2**

**1. Read the P/Class essay for this week: "Veve: The Sacred Symbol of Vodoun". File path is P/Class/Religion/Suydam/RLST101.01/Articles/Veve. Summarize the major points of this article. **

**2. With your study partner write down 2 symbols each that you found interesting from Malcolm X,
chapters 12 and 14, and 2 from the article "Veve: The Sacred Symbol of Vodoun" (pictures of some of the symbols are on the course website) . Ask yourselves the following questions, and then write a 1-2 page paper incorporating them:**

**a. In what ways are these symbols multivalent? Can they be interpreted differently and if so, by whom?**** Note that multivalent does NOT mean "across cultures" but WITHIN a culture. **

**b. In what ways do you think these symbols remain stable, and in what ways can they change over time?** **Refer to Note above.**

**c. How do these symbols function to establish group identity? Individual identity?**

**d. What other symbols have we encountered so far in class? ****Do all of these symbols function in similar ways? **

**3. Write up the results of your discussion in one 1-2 page typed paper. **