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The Five Es 08 / 30 / 2012
Here are the relevant definitions of the Five Es, as they apply to a Folk Religion. While none of these are unique to folk religion, if a religion's praxis is based on all of these and control of that praxis is local, that religion may be considered to be "folk".
Existential Relating to or dealing with existence. Based on experience; empirical.
Existence The fact or state of existing; being. All that exists. A thing that exists; an entity. Specific presence; occurrence.
Existentialist Based on the idea that you are what you say you are, because you engage in some of all the practices that make it up. The folk, the commons, are usually existentialists, as opposed to essentialists.
Essentialist Based on the idea that because of what you say you are, you must engage in all the practices that make it up. Academians, priests, and theologians are usually essentialists.
Experiential Relating to or derived from experience.
Experience The apprehension of an object, a thought, or an emotion through the senses or mind. Active participation in events or activities, leading to the accumulation of knowledge or skill. An event or a series of events participated in or lived through. The totality of such events in the past.
Experimental Relating to or based on experiment. Founded on experience; empirical.
Experiment To try something new, especially in order to gain experience.
Empirical Relying on or derived from observation. Guided by practical experience and not theory.
Empiric Guided by practical experience rather than precepts or theory.
Event Orientated To focus on something that takes place, a significant occurrence, or happening.