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Overview

This revision of our highly successful First Edition reader for the Anthropology of Religion course includes eleven all-new articles,new "Religion in the News" boxes in every chapter,significantly expanded "Introductions" to every chapter,a brand-new chapter on modern cults,a list of website resources for every chapter,an improved glossary,and expanded "Commentaries".
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Editorial Reviews

Daniel Martin Varisco
David Hicks has a magician's touch in blending essential readings in the history of an anthropological approach to religion with an array of cross-cultural case studies that draw on the earlier theorists and display the diversity of not only religious beliefs and rituals but of ethnographic interpretation itself. Distilling the large corpus of anthropological literature on religion, past and present, is no easy task. All anthologies suffer from a relevance half-life, but Professor Hicks is to be commended for building on the pillars of past scholarship with the best recent research in the field and from the field. I plan to use the third edition and look forward to the innovations to be expected in a fourth, and why not a fifth.
Sarita Tamayo-Moraga
As an instructor of students new to the field of Religious Studies, I have found David Hicks' anthology Ritual and Belief to be an invaluable tool in the classroom. The wide array of selections from different disciplines gives the students a taste of what it means to be a scholar of religion. The new edition only further enhances the text as a resource for my students.
Robert Winzeler
For the instructor who uses an anthology of readings either instead of an integrated text or as a supplement to one, this collection is well worth considering. No two instructors are likely to choose the same set of readings for a course in the anthropology of religion but this set has many of the classics. It can also be recommended for anyone wishing to sample what anthropologists have had to say about religion over the years.
Robert L. Winzeler
For the instructor who uses an anthology of readings either instead of an integrated text or as a supplement to one, this collection is well worth considering. No two instructors are likely to choose the same set of readings for a course in the anthropology of religion but this set has many of the classics. It can also be recommended for anyone wishing to sample what anthropologists have had to say about religion over the years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072414899
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 7/23/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Hicks is professor of anthropology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Perspectives
Reading 1-1: Edward B. Tylor: Animism
Reading 1-2: Sigmund Freud: The Return of Totemism in Childhood
Reading 1-3: Emile Durkheim: The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life
Reading 1-4: Robin Horton: Neo-Tylorianism Ask Yourself
Chapter 2: Myth, Cosmology, and Symbolic Classification
Reading 2-1: Bronsilaw Malinowski: The Role of Myth in Life
Reading 2-2: Edmund Leach: Genesis as Myth
Reading 2-3: Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen: The Dogon
Reading 2-4: Mary Douglas: Pollution
Religion in the News: A Legendary Hero Guides a Reborn Kygyszstan
Chapter 3: Gods, Spirits, and Souls
Reading 3-1: James G. Frazer: Magic and Religion
Reading 3-2: E.E. Evans-Pritchard: The Problem of Symbols
Reading 3-3: John Beattie: The Ghost Cult in Bunyoro
Reading 3-4: Lyle B. Steadman, Craig T. Palmer, and
Christopher F. Tilley: The Universality of Ancester Worship
Ask Yourself
Chapter 4: Ritual
Reading 4-1: Edmund R. Leach: Ritual
(and more...)
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