Religion / Edition 1

Religion / Edition 1

by Raymond Firth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415128978

ISBN-13: 9780415128971

Pub. Date: 11/01/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415128971
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1An anthropological approach to the study of religion1
2Religious belief and personal adjustment14
3Spiritual aroma? Religion and politics48
4Gods and God: monotheism and polytheism72
5Offering and sacrifice: problems of organization93
6Ritual and drama in Malay spirit mediumship110
7Faith and scepticism in Kelantan village magic133
8Paradox in religious systems156
9The truth of religion?212
Notes217
References226
Index236

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