Religious Artifact Visualization Environment

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Committee Chair

Douglas M. Flewelling, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Lillian Larsen, Ph.D.


Religion affects everyone in one way or another. However, for scholars that study the roots of religion, there is a void in tools to assist with helping them to spatially read between the lines. What can we know about these individuals? Where did they go? Did they interact? It is no coincidence that the world’s major religions share some of the same pillar ideas, yet diverge drastically on others. The Religious Artifact Visualization Environment’s (RAVE) purpose is to explore those questions and provide a visual answer to them through sociogram-style relational diagrams of people and objects. The interface uses a file geodatabase storage system. Its tools combine Python and Visual Basic to create a flexible and user friendly environment. The result is a powerful toolset capable of tracking geographical movement in space and over time. Its versatility is only limited by the user’s input.

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