Religious Business: Essays on Australian Aboriginal Spirituality

Religious Business: Essays on Australian Aboriginal Spirituality


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Religious Business: Essays on Australian Aboriginal Spirituality by Max Charlesworth, Charles Strong Memorial Trust

This remarkable collection is drawn from the Charles Strong Memorial Lectures in comparative religion. Bringing the insights of anthropology, history and theology to a range of topics, the book reveals the complexity, diversity and dynamism within Aboriginal religion. The topics covered include ethical concepts, women's religious experience, religious expression in art, the dialogue between Aborigines and Christianity, the incorporation of Ned Kelly into Aboriginal myths, and the religious background to the Mabo case. The distinguished team of contributors includes Diane Bell, Ronald M. Berndt, Deborah Bird Rose, Frank Brennan, Max Charlesworth, Rosemary Crumlin, Nonie Sharp, W. E. H. Stanner, Tony Swain and Peter Willis. Spanning twenty years, the book traces the development of scholarship in the area, and also provides crucial background to the current land rights and reconciliation debates.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521633529
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/28/1998
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

In memory of Colin Badger Norman Habel; Introduction Max Charlesworth; 1. Some aspects of Aboriginal religion W. E. H. Stanner; 2. A profile of good and bad in Australian Aboriginal religion Ronald M. Berndt; 3. Aboriginal women and the religious experience Diane Bell; 4. On 'understanding' Australian Aboriginal religion Tony Swain; 5. Aboriginal spirituality: Land as holder of story and myth in recent Aboriginal art Rosemary Crumlin; 6. Ned Kelly died for our sins Deborah Bird Rose; 7. Riders in the chariot: Aboriginal conversion to Christianity in remote Australia Peter Willis; 8. Land rights: the religious factor Frank Brennan; 9. Malo's law in court: the religious background to the Mabo case Nonie Sharp.

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