Anthropology of Religion: A Handbook / Edition 2

Anthropology of Religion: A Handbook / Edition 2

by Stephen D. Glazier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275965600

ISBN-13: 9780275965600

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The anthropological study of religion is at a crossroads. While fewer textbooks on the anthropology of religion are published each year and much of what is available is decades old, religion is playing an increasingly prominent role in society. Scholars from many fields are reading anthropological works on religion with great interest, and such works are cited

Overview

The anthropological study of religion is at a crossroads. While fewer textbooks on the anthropology of religion are published each year and much of what is available is decades old, religion is playing an increasingly prominent role in society. Scholars from many fields are reading anthropological works on religion with great interest, and such works are cited frequently in books and articles in a range of disciplines. Religion has been found in all societies studied by anthropologists and is one of the hallmarks of human creativity.This reference book provides a much-needed overview of the most important topics and trends in the anthropology of religion. Chapters by expert contributors examine the varied manifestations of religion in diverse cultural contexts. Among the topics surveyed are shamanism, snake handling, rituals in particular cultural traditions, religion and altered states of consciousness, and the role of science in religion and anthropology. Chapters contain extensive documentation, and a bibliography concludes the volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275965600
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
550
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.32(d)
Lexile:
1360L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Stephen D. Glazier

Looking at Religion Anthropologically

Reading "Snake Handling": Critical Reflections by Jim Birckhead

The Study of Religion in American Society by Melinda Bollar Wagner

Science, Religion, and Anthropology by James Lett

Thinking About Magic by Michael F. Brown

The Study of Ritual

Ritual and Current Studies of Ritual: Overview by Bobby C. Alexander

African Ritual by Mathias Guenther

Ritual Performance in India by Peter J. Claus

Ritual in East Asia: Japan by Mary Evelyn Tucker

Rituals Among Native North Americans by John A. Grim

Ritual in the United States by Madeline Duntley

Little and Great Traditions

The Anthropology of Islam by Gregory Starrett

Hinduism in Context: Approaching a Religious Tradition Through External Sources by Cynthia Keppley Mahmood

Buddhist Communities: Historical Precedents and Ethnographic Paradigms by Todd T. Lewis

The Pilgrimage to Magdalena by Mary I. O'Connor

Shamanism and Religious Consciousness

Altered States of Consciousness and Religious Behavior by Michael Winkelman

Shamanism by Joan B. Townsend

The Cycle of Meaning: Some Methodological Implications of Biogenetic Structural Theory by Charles D. Laughlin

The Origin of an Illusion by Stewart Guthrie

The Sacred Integration of the Cultural Self: An Anthropological Approach to the Study of Religion by Jacob Pandian

Select Bibliography

Index

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