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Religion: A Humanist Interpretation represents a lifetime's work on the anthropology of religion from a rather unusual personal viewpoint. Raymond Firth treats religion as a human art, capable of great intellectual and artistic achievements, but also of complex manipulation to serve the human interests of those who believe in it and operate it. His study is comparative, drawing material from a range of religions around the world. Its findings are a challenge to established beliefs.
This anthropological approach to the study of religion covers themes ranging from; religious belief and personal adjustment; gods and God; offering and sacrifice;religion and politics; Malay magic and spirit mediumship; truth and paradox in religion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415128971
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 An anthropological approach to the study of religion 1
2 Religious belief and personal adjustment 14
3 Spiritual aroma? Religion and politics 48
4 Gods and God: monotheism and polytheism 72
5 Offering and sacrifice: problems of organization 93
6 Ritual and drama in Malay spirit mediumship 110
7 Faith and scepticism in Kelantan village magic 133
8 Paradox in religious systems 156
9 The truth of religion? 212
Notes 217
References 226
Index 236
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