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Anthropology of Religion: A Handbook
     

Anthropology of Religion: A Handbook

by Stephen D. Glazier
 
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

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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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A survey of the current anthropological study of religion. Looks at the relationship among science, religion, magic, and anthropology; ritual in Africa, India, Japan, native North America, and the European US; the traditions of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Catholicism; and such aspects of shamanism as altered states of consciousness, bioenegetic structural theory, the origin of an illusion and the sacred integration of the cultural self. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313283512
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/22/1997
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.19(d)

Meet the Author

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

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