Question 1: How does the nature of the gods, how they are conceived of in a particular society, influence the nature of the rituals that are conducted?Question 2: How do we know when someone is dead? What do you think of brain death as the criteria? Would you personally be willing to be an organ donor? Why or why not?Question 3: Why do you think a belief in a soul is universal?Question 4: What are mainstream American funerals like today? How much emotional expression is allowed at the funeral? How long are you supposed to grieve afterwards?Question 5: How do Hollywood depictions of ghosts, vampires and zombies differ from the descriptions of these entities as they appear in actual cultural systems? Why do you think stories and movies about vampires and zombies are so popular?Question 6: What customs are associated with the current festival of Halloween? Are there any religious elements in the modern holiday?Question 7: Why do you think cremation is becoming a more popular option in the United States?