Beyond Primitivism: Indigenous Religious Traditions and Modernity / Edition 1

Beyond Primitivism: Indigenous Religious Traditions and Modernity / Edition 1

by Jacob K. Olupona
     
 

ISBN-10: 041527320X

ISBN-13: 9780415273206

Pub. Date: 12/18/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

What role do indigenous religions play in today's world? Beyond Primitivism is a complete appraisal of indigenous religions - faiths integrally connected to the cultures in which they originate, as distinct from global religions of conversion - as practised across America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific today. At a time when local traditions across the world

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What role do indigenous religions play in today's world? Beyond Primitivism is a complete appraisal of indigenous religions - faiths integrally connected to the cultures in which they originate, as distinct from global religions of conversion - as practised across America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific today. At a time when local traditions across the world are colliding with global culture, it explores the future of indigenous faiths as they encounter modernity and globalization. Beyond Primitivism argues that indigenous religions are not irrelevant in modern society, but are dynamic, progressive forces of continuing vitality and influence. Including essays on Haitian vodou, Korean shamanism and the Sri Lankan 'Wild Man', the contributors reveal the relevance of native religions to millions of believers worldwide, challenging the perception that indigenous faiths are vanishing from the face of the globe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415273206
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/18/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Preface
Introduction1
1Do Jews make good Protestants? The cross-cultural study of ritual23
2Can we move beyond primitivism? On recovering the indigenes of indigenous religions in the academic study of religion37
3"Classify and conquer": Friedrich Max Muller, indigenous religious traditions, and imperial comparative religion71
4A postcolonial meaning of religion: some reflections from the indigenous world89
5Saami responses to Christianity: resistance and change99
6Tribal religious traditions are constantly devalued in Western discourse on religion111
7Guidelines for the study of Mesoamerican religious traditions118
8Jaguar Christians in the contact zone: concealed narratives in the historics of religions in the Americas128
9Modernity, resistance, and the Iroquois Longhouse people139
10"He, not they, best protected the village": religious and other conflicts in twentieth-century Guatemala149
11Vodou in the "Tenth Department": New York's Haitian community164
12Assualting California's sacred mountains: shamans vs. New Age merchants of Nirvana172
13Understanding sacrifice and sanctity in Benin indigenous religion, Nigeria: a case study181
14The Earth Mother Scripture: unmasking the neo-archaic200
15Popular religions and modernity in Japan214
16Rethinking indigenous religious traditions: the case of the Ainu224
17Korean shamans and the definition of "religion": a view from the grass roots245
18Mandaya myth, memory, and the heroic religious tradition: between Islam and Christianity256
19The Vaddas: representations of the wild man in Sri Lanka272
20On wondering about wonder: Melanesians and the cargo297
21Thinking and teaching with the indigenous traditions of Melanesia314
22The Hawaiian lei on a voyage through modernities: a study in post-contact religion325
Index343

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