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Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion : A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion: stars based on 1 user reviews.
This comparative reader takes an anthropological approach to the study of religious beliefs, 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. Divided into ten chapters, this book begins with a broad view of anthropological ways of looking at religion, and moves on to some of the core topics within the subject, such as myth, ritual, and the various types of religious specialists.
Table of Contents
|The Anthropological Study of Religion|
|Why We Became Religious and The Evolution of the Spirit World|
|Religious Perspectives in Anthropology|
|Anthropologists Versus Missionaries: The Influence of Presuppositions|
|Thai Buddhism and the Popularity of Amulets in Anthropological Perspective|
|Myth, Symbolism, and Taboo|
|The Study of Mythology|
|Harelips and Twins: The Splitting of a Myth|
|The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Mexican National Symbol|
|Serpent-Handling as Sacrament|
|Betwixt and Between: The Liminal Period in Rites de Passage|
|"I Bow My Head to the Ground": Creating Bodily Experience Through Initiation|
|Return to Wirikuta: Ritual Reversal and Symbolic Continuity on the Peyote Hunt of the Huichol Indians|
|Ritual Regulation of Environmental Relations Among a New Guinea People|
|A Handmaid's Tale|
|Body Ritual Among the Nacirema|
|Shamans, Priests, and Prophets|
|Dark Side of the Shaman|
|Training for the Priesthood Among the Kogi of Colombia|
|Reflections After Waco: Millennialists and the State|
|Altered States of Consciousness and the Religious Use of Drugs|
|Trance, Possession, Shamanism, and Sex|
|Hypnosis and Trance Induction in the Spirit Surgeries of Brazilian Spiritist Healer-Mediums|
|On the Peyote Road|
|The Sound of Rushing Water|
|The Rave: Spiritual Healing in Modern Western Subcultures|
|Ethnomedicine: Religion and Healing|
|Eyes of the Ngangas: Ethnomedicine and Power in Central African Republic|
|Swallowing Frogs: Anger and Illness in Northeast Brazil 249|
|Mothering and the Practice of "Balm" in Jamaica|
|The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down|
|Witchcraft, Sorcery, Divination, and Magic|
|An Anthropological Perspective on the Witchcraze|
|Sorcery and Concepts of Deviance Among the Kabana, West New Britain|
|The Goat and the Gazelle: Witchcraft|
|Consulting the Poison Oracle Among the Azande|
|Rational Mastery by Man of His Surroundings|
|Ghosts, Souls, and Ancestors: Power of the Dead|
|The Real Vampire|
|Death Be Not Strange|
|The Cremated Catholic: The Ends of a Deceased Guatemalan|
|Old and New Religions: The Changing Spiritual Landscape|
|The Ghost Dance Religion|
|Urban Rastas in Kingston, Jamaica|
|Speaking Is Believing|
|Islamic Law: The Foundation of Muslim Practice and a Measure of Social and Political Change|
|Religion as Global Culture: Migration, Media, and Other Transnational Forces|
|The Veil in Their Minds and on Our Heads: Veiling Practices and Muslim Women|
|Ritual and the Performance of Buddhist Identity Among Lao Buddhists in North America|
|Religious Terror and Global War|
|Eric Michael Mazur, and Monica Siems, Homer the Heretic and Charlie Church: Parody, Piety, and Pluralism in The Simpsons|
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