2009-07-13

Longcat: Religion?

In the last two posts, we considered the possibility of a religious idea system based on the internet phenomenon Longcat, first drawing out the ultimate sacred postulate "Longcat is long," then examining the cosmological axioms which arose around this postulate. We have made our way from the top of Roy Rappaport's theoretical hierarchy down to the middle. Recall from our first overview of Rappaport that beneath second-order cosmological axioms are third-order rules of conduct and fourth-order on-the-ground conditions. In a way, these third and fourth tiers are where the real doing of religion takes place: in the rules and prescriptions for what to actually do on account of the cosmology outlined above, and in the pressures which feed back into the religious system from adherents where the ideas meet real-world conditions.

2009-07-02

Longcat: Cosmology

Having familiarized ourselves with Longcat and the implications of ultimate sacrality in the postulate "Longcat is long," today we will consider the feline internet phenomenon through the second tier of Rappaport's fourfold lens. Recall that below ultimate sacred postulates Rappaport ranks cosmological axioms: ideas about how the world is structured and functions in light of the ultimate sacred postulates which stand above such axioms. As we noted in our first discussion of Rappaport, cosmological dualisms are particularly good examples of such axioms, and in Longcat's case a readily apparent dualism exists.