Anthropology and Religion

ISBN-10: 0759121907

ISBN-13: 9780759121904

Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/12/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 338
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Preface
Anthropology and Religion Words and Things
Words and Things
Is Religion a Human Universal?
The Meaning of Religion
The Anthropology of Religion
Types of Anthropological Studies of Religion
Types of Religion
Religions versus Religion
Religion Here and There: Western Notions in Comparative Perspective
Religion Is Primarily a Matter of Belief or Faith
Religion and Identity: One at a Time
Religion Is a Separate Realm of Life
Religion Is a Associated with a Special Building
Religion Concerns Transcendental Rather Than Practical Matters
Religion Is the Basis of Morality
Religion, Evolution, and Prehistory
The Bio-evolution of Religion
When Did Religion Develop?
The Origin of Religion: How It Began
The Nature of Early Religion
His Religion Evolved?
Religion, Adaptation, and the Environment
Ecological Functionalism
Religion as a Regulator of Ecological Processes
Cultural Materialist Explanations of Seemingly Maladaptive Ritual Practices (or, Solving the Riddles of Culture)
Religion and Environmentalism
The Problem of Reaching Conclusions about Religion and Adaptation
Natural Symbols
Are There Natural Symbols?
The Natural Environment as Symbolism
Animals
Colors
Lateral Symbolism: Left-and Right-Handedness
Percussion Sounds
The Head and Its Parts
Natural Symbols and Natural Religion
Myth and Ritual, Old and New
What More Exactly Is Myth?
Theories, Approaches, and Explanations of Myth
The Protagonists of Myth
Myth and Gender
Contemporary Urban Myths
Contemporary Rumor Myths
Ritual and Belief
The Nature of Ritual
Religious Ritual
Some Common Forms of Religious Ritual
Some Common Types of Ritual
The Structure of Ritual According to Arnold van Gennep
Journeys and Boundaries
Rites of Passage
Mortuary Rituals
Bad Death
Funerals as Rites of Passage
Witchcraft and Sorcery: Past and Present, Far and Near
Traditional Witchcraft and Sorcery in Small-Scale Societies
Witchcraft in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Modern Witchcraft or Neo-paganism
Spirit Possession, Spirit Mediumship, and Shamanism
Spirit Possession and Spirit Mediumship
Shamanism
Shamanism in the Modern World
Religious Movements and the Origins of Religions
Three Native American Movements
Cargo Cults in Melanesia
A Religious Movement in Borneo
Revitalization?
Anthropology and the World Religions
The World Religions from an Anthropological Perspective
Anthropological Studies of the World Religions
The Conversion of Indigenous Peoples to and within the World Religions
Anthropology and Religion on a Larger Canvas: Religious Change under Socialism and Capitalism
Religious Change in Socialist and Postsocialist Societies
Socialism and Shamanism in Siberia and Mongolia
Religion under Socialism in China
Religion, Social Complexity, and Socialism in Cuba
Vietnam and Laos as Socialist States
The Return of the Occult
Notes
Glossary
References and Further Reading
Index
About the Author
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