Religion in Practice: An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion / Edition 1

Religion in Practice: An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion / Edition 1

by John Bowen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205200117

ISBN-13: 9780205200115

Pub. Date: 11/10/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Religion has often been considered a mystery to those who don't understand it or its theories. This book presents analyses and case studies on a wide variety of aspects of religion, from magic and healing to pilgrimages and contemporary religious movements. The book offers a discussion of theories of religion before considering topics of rites of passage, magic,…  See more details below

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Religion has often been considered a mystery to those who don't understand it or its theories. This book presents analyses and case studies on a wide variety of aspects of religion, from magic and healing to pilgrimages and contemporary religious movements. The book offers a discussion of theories of religion before considering topics of rites of passage, magic, witchcraft, sacrifice, taboos, images, sacred speech, religious movements, and the place of religion in today's nation-states. The examples come from all over the world and combines from small scale societies as well as large scale ones. Anthropologists of religious studies, those of both the cloth and secular sectors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205200115
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/10/1997
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Elements and Theories of Religion1
2Doctrine and Practice in Tension21
3Transitions in Life and Death41
4Extending Our Powers: "Magic" and Healing67
5Explaining Misfortune: Witchcraft and Sorcery82
6Sacrifice Contested101
7Prohibitions and Boundaries125
8Objects, Images, and Worship142
9Sacred Speech and Divine Power170
10Places and Pilgrims192
11Religious Authority and Religious Movements211
12The Place of Religions in Modern Nation-States234
References257
Index265

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