Across the Boundaries of Belief: Contemporary Issues in the Anthropology of Religion / Edition 1

Across the Boundaries of Belief: Contemporary Issues in the Anthropology of Religion / Edition 1

by Morton Klass
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813326958

ISBN-13: 9780813326955

Pub. Date: 04/28/1999

Publisher: Westview Press


In this collection of anthropological writings drawn from many different world areas, contemporary theoretical issues and conflicts in the anthropological study of religion are explored and illustrated. The editors present these anthropological writings on religion within a larger cultural matrix by drawing upon literature exhibiting an interdisciplinary as well…  See more details below

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In this collection of anthropological writings drawn from many different world areas, contemporary theoretical issues and conflicts in the anthropological study of religion are explored and illustrated. The editors present these anthropological writings on religion within a larger cultural matrix by drawing upon literature exhibiting an interdisciplinary as well as global approach.The book examines religion within social, political, and historical contexts to confront theoretical and methodological questions that apply across time and borders. How do belief systems respond to conquest and the imposition of foreign values, beliefs, and practices? What happens to religion when the colonial rulers depart? What are the relationships between gender, sexuality, and religious rules and restrictions? How is gender constructed and maintained within ideological systems? How do the beliefs and practices underlying possession and trance deal with illness and death, and how do they respond to science and other belief systems? Is religion a tool or weapon of the state—or an enemy of the people? And how does religion, often erroneously perceived as changeless and constant, respond to the pressures and technologies of this rapidly changing world? Across the Boundaries of Belief examines these issues and many others.The readings derive from interdisciplinary as well as global literature, and the titles of the sections reflect the contexts within which religion is explored and portrayed in this collection: “Colonialism and the Post-Colonial Legacy,” “Gender and Sexuality,” “The Healing Touch and Altered States,” “Religion and the State,” and “Changes and Continuities.” The book will help students and general readers to perceive religion as a pan-human institution embedded in social structures, political systems, and historical contexts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813326955
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Pt. 1Colonialism and Postcolonial Legacies7
1Anthropologists Versus Missionaries: The Influence of Presuppositions11
2From Tupa to the Land Without Evil: The Christianization of Tupi-Guarani Cosmology22
3Shamanism and Christianity: Modern-Day Tlingit Elders Look at the Past42
4Reflections on Christianity in China63
Pt. 2Gender and Sexuality81
5Menstruation and Reproduction: An Oglala Case85
6The Domestication of Religion: The Spiritual Guardianship of Elderly Jewish Women96
7Becoming a Mujercita: Rituals, Fiestas, and Religious Discourses113
8Erotic Anthropology: "Ritualized Homosexuality" in Melanesia and Beyond133
Pt. 3The Healing Touch and Altered States159
9Exorcists, Psychiatrists, and the Problems of Possession in Northwest Madagascar163
10The Woman Who Wanted To Be Her Father: A Case Analysis of Dybbuk Possession in a Hasidic Community196
11Hypnosis and Trance Induction in the Surgeries of Brazilian Spiritist Healer-Mediums211
12Zar as Modernization in Contemporary Sudan227
Pt. 4Religion and the State249
13Pockets Full of Mistakes: The Personal Consequences of Religious Change in a Toraja Village253
14Bandits, Beggars, and Ghosts: The Failure of State Control over Religious Interpretation in Taiwan271
15Muslim Identity and Secularism in Contemporary Turkey: "The Headscarf Dispute,"291
16The Interpretation of Politics: A Hopi Conundrum303
Pt. 5Changes and Continuities325
17Cargoism in Irian Jaya Today329
18Transnational Popular Culture and the Global Spread of the Jamaican Rastafarian Movement347
19On Founders and Followers: Some Factors in the Development of New Religious Movements367
20Convicted by the Holy Spirit: The Rhetoric of Fundamental Baptist Conversion381
Additional Readings402
Credits404
Index406

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