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Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion: A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion

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this book was so interesting and really helped open my eyes to other religions. it's definitely worth a read!

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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
Nyoro Myth
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
Religious Specialists
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
Ritual Enemas
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
Baseball Magic
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
Revitalization Movements
The Ghost Dance Religion
Cargo Cults
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
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