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Magic Witchcraft and Religion: A Reader in the Anthropology of Religiontakes an anthropological approach to the study of religious beliefs and practices, both strange and familiar. The engaging articles on all key issues related to the anthropology of religion grab the attention of students, while giving them an excellent foundation in contemporary ideas and approaches in the field. The multiple authors included in each chapter represent a range of interests, geographic foci, and ways of looking at each subject. Features of the ninth edition include new study questions and articles, as well as updated discussions on religion, illness, healing, and death.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Anthropological Study of Religion
1 Jack David Eller, Studying Religion Anthropologically
2 Melinda Bollar Wagner, The Study of Religion in American Society
3 Marvin Harris, Why We Became Religious and The Evolution of the Spirit World
4 Dorothy Lee, Religious Perspectives in Anthropology
5 Pamela Moro, Thai Buddhism and the Popularity of Amulets in Anthropological Perspective
Chapter 2: Myth, Symbolism, and Worldview
6 John Beattie, Nyoro Myth
7 Kirin Narayan, Across the Seven Seas: a Hindu Woman's Sacred Narratives
8. Eric R. Wolf, The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Mexican National Symbol
9 Clifford Geertz, Ethos, World-view, and the Analysis of Sacred Symbols
10 Mary Lee Daugherty, Serpent-Handling as Sacrament
Chapter 3: Rituals
11 Victor W. Turner, Betwixt and Between: The Liminal Period in Rites de Passage
12 Michael Atwood Mason, “I bow my head to the ground”: Creating Bodily Experience Through Initiation
13 Barbara G. Myerhoff, Return to Wirikuta: Ritual Reversal and Symbolic Continuity on the Peyote Hunt of the Huichol Indians
14 Thomas J. Csordas, A Handmaid’s Tale: The Rhetoric of Personhood in American and Japanese Healing of Abortions
15 Deborah Kapchan, Moroccan Women's Body Signs: Henna and Tattoo
Chapter 4: Shamans, Priests, and Prophets
16 Victor Turner, Religious Specialists
17 Piers Vitebsky, Shamanism
18 Michael Fobes Brown, Dark Side of the Shaman
19 Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff, Training for the Priesthood Among the Kogi of Colombia
20 Mark R. Mullins, Aum Shinrikyo as an Apocalyptic Movement
Chapter 5: Altered States of Consciousness and the Religious Use of Drugs
21 M. Lewis, Trance and Possession
22 Sydney M. Greenfield, Hypnosis and Trance Induction in the Surgeries of Brazilian Spiritist Healer-Mediums
23 Peter T. Furst and Michael D. Coe, Ritual Enemas
24 Michael Harner, The Sound of Rushing Water
25 Scott Hutson, The Rave: Spiritual Healing in Modern Western Subcultures
Chapter 6: Illness, Healing, and Religion
26 George M. Foster, Disease Etiologies in Non-Western Medical Systems
27 Elizabeth De La Portilla, Curanderismo: Healers and Their Clients
28 Anne F. Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
29 Susan Kenyon, Zar as Modernization in Contemporary Sudan
30 Lee Gilmore, Embers, Dust, and Ashes: Pilgrimage and Healing at the Burning Man Festival
Chapter 7: Witchcraft, Sorcery, Divination, and Magic
31 Felicity Thomas, "Our Families are Killing Us": HIV/AIDS, Witchcraft and Social Tensions in Namibia
32 Naomi M. McPherson, Sorcery and Concepts of Deviance Among the Kabana, West New Britain
33 T. M. Luhrmann, The Goat and the Gazelle: Witchcraft
34 Barry S. Hewlett, Searching for the Truth: The Poison Oracle among Central African Foragers and Farmers
35 George Gmelch, Baseball Magic
Chapter 8: Death, Ancestors, and Souls
36 Karen McCarthy Brown, Vodou
37 Peter A. Metcalf, Death Be Not Strange
38 Beth A. Conklin, Cannibal Epistemologies
39 Kristin Norget, Days of the Dead in Oaxaca
40 Margaret Lock, When Bodies Outlive Persons: Defining Brain Death
Chapter 9: Religion in a Changing World: Identity, Adaptation, and Activism
41 William F. Lewis, Urban Rastas in Kingston, Jamaica
42 Andrew Buckser, Social Conversion and Group Definition in Jewish Copenhagen
43 Homa Hoodfar, The Veil in Their Minds and on Our Heads: Veiling Practices and Muslim Women
44 Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, Islamic Law: The Foundation of Muslim Practice and a Measure of Social and Political Change
45 Mark Juergensmeyer, Religious Terror and Global War
46 Tanya Erzen, Religious Literacy in the Faith-Based Prison
47 Susan M. Darlington, The Ordination of a Tree: the Buddhist Ecology Movement in Thailand