Ritual and Memory: Towards a Comparative Anthropology of Religion

Ritual and Memory: Towards a Comparative Anthropology of Religion

by Harvey Whitehouse
     
 

ISBN-10: 0759106169

ISBN-13: 9780759106161

Pub. Date: 10/15/2004

Publisher: AltaMira Press

Ethnographers of religion have created a vast record of religious behavior from small-scale non-literate societies to globally distributed religions in urban settings. So a theory that claims to explain prominent features of ritual, myth, and belief in all contexts everywhere causes ethnographers a skeptical pause. In Ritual and Memory, however, a wide range of

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Ethnographers of religion have created a vast record of religious behavior from small-scale non-literate societies to globally distributed religions in urban settings. So a theory that claims to explain prominent features of ritual, myth, and belief in all contexts everywhere causes ethnographers a skeptical pause. In Ritual and Memory, however, a wide range of ethnographers grapple critically with Harvey Whitehouse's theory of two divergent modes of religiosity. Although these contributors differ in their methods, their areas of fieldwork, and their predisposition towards Whitehouse's cognitively-based approach, they all help evaluate and refine Whitehouse's theory and so contribute to a new comparative approach in the anthropology of religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759106161
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
10/15/2004
Series:
Cognitive Science of Religion Series, #6
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.82(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

1 Preface 2 Introduction 3 Divergent Modes of Religiosity in West Africa 4 Modes of Religiosity and the Legacy of Ernest Gellner 5 Is Image to Doctrine as Speech to Writing? Modes of Communication and the Origins of Religion 6 Ritual and Deference 7 The Doctrinal Mode and Evangelical Christianity in the U. S. 8 Embedded Modes of Religiosity in Indic Renouncer Religions 9 Conceptualizations From Within: Divergent Religious Modes from Asian Modernist Perspectives 10 The Doctrinal Mode of Religiosity: Some Ethnographic and Theoretical Problems 11 Religious Doctrine or Experience: A Matter of Seeing, Learning or Doing 12 Universalistic Orientations of an Imagistic Mode of Religiosity: The Case of the West African Poro Cult 13 Towards a Comparative Anthropology of Religion

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