Anthropology of Religion: A Handbook / Edition 2

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Overview

Religion has experienced growing importance in recent years, and interest in the anthropological study of religion has increased as well. This reference book offers a much-needed overview of the most significant topics and concerns in the field. Chapters by expert contributors examine such matters as snake handling, magic and ritual, shamanism, and the role of religion in particular cultures. Chapters contain extensive documentation, and a bibliography concludes the volume.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275965600
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 550
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN D. GLAZIER is Professor of Anthropology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Reading "Snake Handling": Critical Reflections 19
2 The Study of Religion in American Society 85
3 Science, Religion, and Anthropology 103
4 Thinking about Magic 121
5 Ritual and Current Studies of Ritual: Overview 139
6 African Ritual 161
7 Ritual Performances in India 191
8 Ritual in East Asia: Japan 211
9 Rituals among Native North Americans 229
10 Ritual in the United States 257
11 The Anthropology of Islam 279
12 Hinduism in Context: Approaching a Religious Tradition through External Sources 305
13 Buddhist Communities: Historical Precedents and Ethnographic Paradigms 319
14 The Pilgrimage to Magdalena 369
15 Altered States of Consciousness and Religious Behavior 393
16 Shamanism 429
17 The Cycle of Meaning: Some Methodological Implications of Biogenetic Structural Theory 471
18 The Origin of an Illusion 489
19 The Sacred Integration of the Cultural Self: An Anthropological Approach to the Study of Religion 505
Select Topical Bibliography 517
Index 523
About the Editor and Contributors 539
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