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As religious beliefs and practices intermingle within a global context, a variety of unanticipated phenomena emerge—phenomena not necessarily representative of their original form or intended use. The term bricolage is used within a variety of social sciences as a descriptive term to characterize the process of improvisation in production. Derived from the French verb bricoler, bricolage refers to the process of creating something by one's own means through the use of available materials.

The French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss used the term bricolage to describe improvised patterns of mythological thinking. In his seminal study based on ideas of structuralism titled The Savage Mind, Lévi-Strauss found imagination, and by extension experience, to be a source of mythological thought—attributing the production of this thinking to bricolage.

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