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Author Morris, Brian, 1936-

Title Religion and anthropology : a critical introduction / Brian Morris
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (x, 350 pages)
Contents Christianity and religion in Africa. The Christian tradition ; Prologue on African religion ; The world of Kongo belief ; Prophetic movements in Lower Zaire ; Religious change in Zambia ; Religious movements in Zambia ; Tshidi Barolong cosmology ; Zionist churches in South Africa -- African-American religions. Prologue ; Vodou in Haiti ; Vodou rituals ; Religions of Jamaica ; The Rastafari movement ; Rastafari beliefs and practices ; Religions of Brazil -- Religions in Melanesia. Prologue ; Kwaio religion ; Religion and ecology ; Millenarian movements in Melanesia ; Road belong cargo ; The interpretation of millenarian movements -- Neopaganism and the New Age Movement. Prologue ; The contemporary Neopagan revival ; The roots of Neopagan witchcraft ; Pagan pathways ; The Western Mystery tradition ; Contemporary ritual magic ; New Age spirituality -- Conclusions
Shamanism. Prologue ; What is shamanism? ; Shamanism and altered states of consciousness ; Spirit-possession and shamanism ; Siberian and Inner Asian shamanism ; Inuit shamanism ; Neo-shamanism ; comparative studies ; The interpretation of shamanism -- Buddhism and spirit-cults. Prologue ; The Buddhist dharma ; Buddhism and Nat cults in Burma ; Buddhism and spirit-cults in Thailand ; Religious change in Sri Lanka ; Buddhism and folk religion in Tibet ; Buddhism and the state -- Islam and popular religion. Prologue ; The Islamic tradition ; Zar cults in northern Somalia ; Zar cults in the Sudan ; The saints and scholars of Islam ; The Hamadsha : a Sufi brotherhood in Morocco ; Religion and politics in Morocco -- Hinduism and new religious movements. Prologue ; Sanskritic Hinduism ; Popular Hinduism ; Cult of the goddess ; Bhakti cults ; Gurus and Hindu nationalism
Summary "This important study provides a critical introduction to the social anthropology of religion, focusing on more recent classical ethnographies. Comprehensive, free of scholastic jargon, engaging, and comparative in approach, it covers all the major religious traditions that have been studied concretely by anthropologists: Shamanism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and its relation to African and Melanesian religions, and contemporary Neo-Paganism"--Page 4 of cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-344) and index
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Subject Ethnology -- Religious aspects.
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