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Indigenous Religions / Edition 1

Indigenous Religions / Edition 1

by Stephen Hunt
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This volume on Indigenous Religions in The Library of Essays on Sexuality and Religion series focuses on indigenous religions and their attitudes towards human sexuality. Through previously-published articles the volume gives full scope to attitudes towards sexuality found in a vast range of contrasting expressions of religiosity outside of the so-called 'World Faiths'. Examples are taken from cultures as far afield as Africa, Australasia, South America and the Pacific islands. Part 1 includes a number of articles centring on the role of sexuality in rites of passage and initiation in relation to liminality, maturity and reproduction. Part 2 examines the relationship between sexuality, spirit possession and witchcraft. Part 3 includes such areas as religion, gender, patriarchy and both hetero-sexualality and non-heterosexuality. The final part considers sexuality and indigenous religions in a changing and globalised world and entails the themes of sexuality as expressed through 'cargo cults', pilgrimage and religiosity in the context of colonial dominance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754629603
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/28/2010
Series: Library of Essays on Sexuality and Religion Series
Pages: 530
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.84(h) x 1.57(d)

About the Author

Stephen Hunt is Reader in Sociology at the University of the West of England, UK

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Part I Rites of Passage and Sexuality: The timing and role of initiation rites in preparing young people for adolescence and responsible sexual and reproductive behaviour in Malawi, Alister C. Munthali and Eliya M. Zulu; Coming of age in Samoa and Nebraska, David Weisberg; Learning the facts of life: past and present experiences in a rural Tanzanian community, Denise Roth Allen; Growing yams and men: an interpretation of Kiman male ritualized homosexual behaviour, J. Patrick Gray; Liminal meanings: sexually charged Giriama funerary ritual and unsettled participant frameworks, Janet McIntosh. Part II Spiritual Possession, Witchcraft and Sexuality: Perversion of power, witchcraft and the sexuality of evil in the South African lowveld, Isak Niehaus; Witchcraft and the exchange of sex, blood, and money among Africans in Cape Town, South Africa, Erik Bähre; 'Broken calabashes and covenants of fruitfulness': cursing barrenness in contemporary African Christianity, J.Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu; Male homosexuality and spirit possession in Brazil, Peter Fry; Women heal women: spirit possession and sexual segregation in a Muslim society, Pamela Constantinides. Part III Gender and Sexuality: Manhood, warriorhood and sex in Eastern Africa: perspectives from the 19th and 20th centuries, Dent Ocaya-Lakidi; Sex, food and female power: discussion of data material from Northern Mozambique, Signe Arnfred; Heteronormativity and the deflection of male same-sex attraction among the Pitjantjatjara people of Australia's Western Desert, Jon Willis; Sexuality and gender in certain Native American tribes: the case of cross-gender females, Evelyn Blackwood; Queer Nahuatl: Sahagún's faggots and sodomites, lesbians and hermaphrodites, Peter Sigal. Part IV Social Transformations and Sexuality: Sexuality and cargo cults: the politics of gender and procreation in West New Britain, Andrew Lattas; Myth, pilgrimage and fascination in the Aiyappa cult. A view from field work in Ta

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