Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion: An Anthropological Study of the Supernatural / Edition 7

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This comparative reader takes an anthropological approach to the study of religious beliefs, both strange and familiar. The engaging articles on all key issues related to the anthropology of religion grab the attention of students, while giving them an excellent foundation in contemporary ideas and approaches in the field. The multiple authors included in each chapter represent a range of interests, geographic foci, and ways of looking at each subject. Divided into ten chapters, this book begins with a broad view of anthropological ways of looking at religion, and moves on to some of the core topics within the subject, such as myth, ritual, and the various types of religious specialists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073405216
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/15/2006
  • Edition description: 7TH
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Asterisk indicates new or revised article
Chapter 1. The Anthropological Study of Religion
1. Clifford Geertz, Religion
2. Marvin Harris, Why We Became Religious and The Evolution of the Spirit
3. Dorothy Lee, Religious Perspectives in Anthropology
4. Stephen Jay Gould, Non-Overlapping Magisteria
5. Robert S. Root-Bernstein, Darwin's Rib
6. Claude E. Stipe, Anthropologists versus Missionaries: The Influence of Presuppositions
Chapter 2. Myth, Symbolism, and Taboo
7. Scott Leonard and Michael McClure, The Study of Mythology
8. *John Beattie, Nyoro Myth
9. *Claude Levi-Strauss, Harelips and Twins: The Splitting of a Myth
10. Raymond Firth, An Anthropologist's Reflections on Symbolic Usage
11. Mary Douglas, Taboo
12. Mary Lee Daugherty, Serpent-Handling as Sacrament
Chapter 3. Ritual
13. Victor W. Turner, Betwixt and Between: the Liminal Period in Rites de Passage
14. Daniel Gordon, Female Circumsion in Egypt and Sudan: A Controversial Rite of Passage
15. *Barbara G. Myerhoff, Return to Wirikuta: Ritual Reversal and Symbolic Continuity on the Peyote Hunt of the Uichol Indians
16. *Roy A. Rappaport, Ritual Regulation of Environmental Relations Among a New Guinea People
17. Elizabeth G. Harrison, I Can Only Move My Feet Toward mizuo kuyo: Memorial Services for Dead Children in Japan
18. Horace Minor, Body Ritual Among the Nacirema
Chapter 4. Shamans, Priests, and Prophets
19. Victor W. Turner, Religious Specialists
20. William Howells, The Shaman
21. Michael Fobes Brown, The Dark Side of the Shaman
22. *G. Reichel-Dolmatoff, Trining for the Preiesthood Aong the kogi ofColombia
23. Michael Barkun, Relfections After Waco: Millennialists and the State
Chapter 5. The Religious Use of Drugs
24. Mike Miyaani and Thomas J. Csordas, On the Peyote Road
25. Peter T. Furst and Michael D. Coe, Ritual Enemas
26. Michael Harner, The Sound of Rushing Water
27. Robert S. de Ropp, Psychedelic Drugs and Religious Experience
Chapter 6. Ethnomedicine: Religion and Healing
28. Arthur C. Lehman, Eyes of the Ngangas: Ethnomedicine and Power in Central African Republic
29. Robert Bergman, A School for Medicine Men
30. William Wedenoja, Mothering and the Practice of "Balm" in Jamaica
31. L.A. Rebhun, Swallowing Frogs: Anger and Illness in Northeast Brazil
32. Edward C. Halperin, MD, Should Academic Medical Centers Conduct Clinical Trails of the Efficacy of Intercessory Prayer?
Chapter 7. Witchcraft, Sorcery, Divination, and Magic
33. James L. Brain, An Anthropological Perpsective on the Witchraze
34. Naomi M. McPherson, Sorcery and Concepts of Deviance Among the Kabana, West New Britain
35. T.M. Luhrmann, The Goat and the Gazelle: Witchcraft
36. E.E. Evans-Pritchard, Consulting the Poison Oracle Among the Azande
37. Bronislaw Malinowski, Rational Mastery by Man of His Surroundings
38. George Gmelch, Baseball Magic
Chapter 8. Ghosts, Souls, and Ancestors: Power of the Dead
39. William E. Mitchell, A New Weapon Stirs Up Old Ghosts
40. Paul Barber, The Real Vampire
41. *Karen McCarthy Brown, Voodoo
42. Peter A. Metcalf, Death Be Not Strange
43. Stanley Brandes, The Cremated Catholic: The Ends of a Deceased Guatemalan
44. C. Allen Haney, Christina Leimer, and Juliann Lowery, Spontaneous Memorialization: Violent Death and Emerging Mourning Ritual
Chapter 9. Old and New Religions: The Changing Spiritual Landscape
45. Melvyn C. Goldstein, The Revival of Monastic Life in Drepung Monastery
46. *James Steel Thayer, Pilgrimage and Its Influence on West African Islam
47. Anthony F.C. Wallace, Revitalization Movements
48. Alice Beck Kehoe, The Ghost Dance Religion
49. Peter M. Worsley, Cargo Cults
50. William F. Lewis, Urban Rastas in Kingston, Jamaica
51. William Janokowiak and Emilie Allen, Adoring the Father: Religion and Charisma in an American Polygamous Community
52. John Whitmore, Religious Dimensions of the UFO Abductee Experience
Chapter 10. Religion as Global Culture: Migration, Media, and Other Transnational Forces
53. Homa Hoodfar, The Veil in Their Minds and on Our Heads: Veiling Practices and Muslim Women
54. Steve Brouwer, Paul Gifford, and Susan D. Rose, South Korea: Modernization with a Vengeance, Evangelization with the Modern Edge
55. Mark Juergensmeyer, The Global Rise of Reigius Nationalism
56. Stephen D. O'Leary, Cyberspace as Sacred Space: Communicating Religion on Computer Networks
57. Lisle Dalton, Eric Michael Mazur, and Monica Siems, Homer the Heretic and Charlie Church: Parody, Piety, and Pluralism in The Simpsons

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