Red Man's Religion Beliefs and Practices of the Indians North of Mexico

ISBN-10: 0226841677
ISBN-13: 9780226841670
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/15/1972
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Among the topics considered in this classic study are world origins and supernatural powers, attitudes toward the dead, the medicine man and shaman, hunting and gathering rituals, war and planting ceremonies, and newer religions, such as the Ghost Dance and the Peyote Religion. "The distinctive contribution of [Red Man's Religion] is the treatment of topics, the insight and the perspective of the author, and her ability to transmit these to the reader. . . . Trais and aspects of religion are not treated as abstract entitites, to be enumerated and summated, assigned a geographic distribution, and then abandoned. No page is a dry recital; each is an illumination. Insight and wisdom are framed in poetic prose. An offering of information in such a medium merits gratitude."--American Anthropologist

Ruth Underhill was born into an upper middle-class Quaker family in Ossining-On- Hudson, New York, in 1884. After a B.A. at Vassar, social work in the Eastern U.S. and service with the American Red Cross in Italy during World War I, she enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Anthropology at Columbia University. On June 28, 1984, the president of the American Anthropological Association honored Underhill for popularizing anthropology in responsible manner, for her early work in applied anthropology and the study of women's roles, and for her scholarship and teaching.

Indians and the Supernatural
Religion: Its Geography and History
Impersonal Power
World Origins
The Spirits
Woman Power
Attitude Toward the Dead: Fear and Avoidance
Attitude Toward the Dead: Adoption of a Substitute or ""Delayed Burial""
Medicine Man, Shaman, and Priest
The Vision
Indian Ceremonialism
Hunting and Gathering Rituals
War Ceremonies
For the General Welfare: The Sun Dance
Planting Begins
Planting Ceremonies: The Southern Woodland
Planting

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