9780205516230

The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft

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  • ISBN13:

    9780205516230

  • ISBN10:

    0205516238

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2011
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Summary

This concise introductory textbook emphasizes the major concepts of both anthropology and the anthropology of religion. It is aimed at students encountering anthropology for the first time. Reviewers describe the text as vivid, rich, user-friendly, accessible, and well-organized. It examines religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective while still incorporating the key theoretical concepts. In addition to providing a basic overview of anthropology, including definition of key terms and exposure to ethnographies, the text exposes students to the varying complexity of world religions.

Table of Contents

The Anthropological Study of Religion
The Anthropological Perspective
The Definition of Religion
Conclusion
Summary
Suggested Readings
Suggested Web Sites
Study Questions
Endnotes
Mythology
The Nature of Myths
Understanding Myths
Conclusion
Summary
Suggested Readings
Suggested Web Sites
Study Questions
Endnotes
Religious Symbols
What is a Symbol?
Sacred Art
Sacred Space and Sacred Time
The Symbolism of Music and Dance
Conclusion
Summary
Suggested Readings
Suggested Web Sites
Study Questions
Endnotes
Ritual
Ritual and Myth
The Basics of Ritual Performance
A Classification of Rituals
Religious Obligations
Conclusion
Summary
Suggested Readings

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