Religions of the World

ISBN-10: 0132240459
ISBN-13: 9780132240451
Edition: 10th 2007 (Revised)
List price: $86.40
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Description: This comprehensive yet concise book makes a reader-friendly introduction to World Religionsideal for those with no previous exposure to Religious Studies or the study of religion more generally. Offering accurate, comparative descriptions of  More...

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Book details

List price: $86.40
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

This comprehensive yet concise book makes a reader-friendly introduction to World Religionsideal for those with no previous exposure to Religious Studies or the study of religion more generally. Offering accurate, comparative descriptions of religions, it gives background material on religious theory and study, while exploring the historical and cultural factors.This book includes chapters on Native American and African religions as well as Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, and Bahai.For individuals interested in the role of religion in the modern world.

Preface
Introduction/Overview
A Definition of Religion
The Universality of Religion
Theories of the Origin of Religions
Animistic Theories
The Nature-Worship Theory
The Theory of Original Monotheism
The Magic Theory
Theories of Religion as Projections of Human Needs
Types of Religions
Basic Religions
Religions Originating in India
Religions Originating in China and Japan
Religions Originating in the Middle East Study Questions
Basic Religions
Characteristics of Basic Religions
Sources of Information Concerning
Basic Religions
Prehistoric Beginnings of Basic Religions
Neanderthal Religion
Cro-Magnon Religion
Neolithic Religion
Common Features of Basic Religions Animism
Magic
Divination Taboo
Totems
Sacrifice
Myth Rituals
Rites of Passage
Ancestor Veneration
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Native American Religions
The Spirit World
Animism Contacts with the Spirit World Sacrifice
Taboos
eremonies and Rituals
The Vision Quest
Religious Leadership
Other Means of Contact with the Spirit World
Death and Life After Death Native American Religions Today
Study Questions
Suggested Reading
Source Material
Native American Myths
Sioux Legend of the Buffalo Maiden
Wooing Wohpe
African Religions
Native Religions
The High God
The Lesser Spirits
Ancestors
Sacrifice
Rites of Passage
Religious Leaders
Non-native African Religions
African Religions Today <P style=

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