Elementary Forms of the Religious Life

ISBN-10: 0029079373
ISBN-13: 9780029079379
Edition: 1995
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Description: In this work, Durkheim examines a wide range of religious topics that are of great interest and importance. They include forms of animism, naturism, and totemism and such fundamental concepts as the soul, spirits, and gods.

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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 6/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

In this work, Durkheim examines a wide range of religious topics that are of great interest and importance. They include forms of animism, naturism, and totemism and such fundamental concepts as the soul, spirits, and gods.

Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Emile Durkheim
Map
The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
Introduction
A Definition of the Religious Phenomenon and of Religion
The Leading Conceptions of Elementary Religion: I. Animism
The Leading Conceptions of Elementary Religion: II. Naturism
Totemism as Elementary Religion: Historical Review of the Question, Method of Treating It
Central Totemic Beliefs: I. The Totem as Name and Emblem
Central Totemic Beliefs: II. The Totemic Animal and Man
Central Totemic Beliefs: III. The Cosmological System of Totemism and the Notion of Genus
Central Totemic Beliefs: IV. The Individual Totem and the Sexual Totem
The Origins of These Beliefs: I. A Critical Examination of the Theories
The Origins of These Beliefs: II. The Notion of the Totemic Principle or Mana, and the Idea of Force
The Origins of These Beliefs: III. The Genesis of the Notion of the Totemic Principle or Mana
The Notion of Soul
The Notion of Spirits and Gods
The Negative Cult and its Functions: Ascetic Rites
The Positive Cult: I. The Element of Sacrifice
The Positive Cult: II. Mimetic Rites and the Principle of Causality
The Positive Cult: III. Representative of Commemorative Rites
Piacular Rites and the Ambiguity of the Notion of the Sacred
Conclusion
Select List of Anthropologists and Ethnologists who Informed Durkheim's Work
Explanatory Notes
Index

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