Native American Religions

Native American Religions

by Bender Richardson White, Paula R. Hartz, Martin Palmer
     
 

Few religions are as devoted to the forces of nature as Native American religions. Native American ceremonies include stories, chants, songs, magic formulas, and prayers that are designed to focus an individual's attention and energy on the natural aspects of life, especially natural resources, birth, and death Native American Religions, Third Edition explores the

Overview

Few religions are as devoted to the forces of nature as Native American religions. Native American ceremonies include stories, chants, songs, magic formulas, and prayers that are designed to focus an individual's attention and energy on the natural aspects of life, especially natural resources, birth, and death Native American Religions, Third Edition explores the history of the many Native American religious traditions, the similarities that unite them, the detrimental effects of European colonization, and the revivals in the 20th century that rescued these traditions from near extinction.

Almost from the start of civilization more than 10,000 years ago, religion has shaped human history. Today more than half the world's population adhere to a major religion or indigenous spiritual tradition. In societies throughout the world, increasing ethnic and cultural diversity has led to a variety of religions being practiced side by side. This makes it vital that we understand as much as we can about the world's religions.

Rigorously nonsectarian, the books in the World Religions series offer clear, accessible overviews of the major religious traditions of our time, including

Geographical distribution

Origins and history

Central beliefs, rituals, and sacred sites

Contributions to world civilization

Carefully chosen photographs complement the text, and sidebars, a map, fact file, glossary, bibliography, further reading, and index are included to help readers gain a more complete understanding of the subject at hand.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604131116
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
06/05/2009
Series:
Chelsea House World Religions Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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