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The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft

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Publisher Comments:

The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft

Second Edition

 

Philip L. Stein

Rebecca Stein

 

 

Basic Approach

 

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 definitions of key terms and exposure to ethnographies, the text exposes students to the varying complexity of world religions.

 

 

New to This Edition

  • Discussion of ethnographic examples has been expanded, while the number of examples has been reduced to provide greater focus.
  • Discussion of altered states of consciousness and religious specialists has been split into two chapters and expanded.
  • Number of illustrations throughout the text has been increased by fifty percent.
  • New and expanded discussions in the this edition include myth analysis, fasting, altered states of consciousness in Upper Paleolithic art, and Islamic fundamentalism, among others.

Synopsis:

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

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1. The Anthropological Study of Religion

            The Anthropological Perspective

            The Definition of Religion

            Conclusion

            Summary

            Suggested Readings

            Suggested Web Sites

            Study Questions

            Endnotes

 

2. Mythology

            The Nature of Myths

            Understanding Myths

            Conclusion

            Summary

            Suggested Readings

            Suggested Web Sites

            Study Questions

            Endnotes

 

3. 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

 

4. Ritual

            Ritual and Myth

            The Basics of Ritual Performance

            A Classification of Rituals

            Religious Obligations

            Conclusion

            Summary

            Suggested Readings

            Suggested Web Sites

            Study Questions

            Endnotes

 

5. Altered States of Consciousness

            The Nature of Altered States of Consciousness

            Ethnographic Examples of Altered States of Consciousness

            Conclusion

            Summary

            Suggested Readings

            Suggested Web Sites

            Study Questions

            Endnotes

 

 6. Religious Practitioners

            Shamans

            Priests

            Other Specialists

            Conclusion

            Summary

            Suggested Readings

            Suggested Web Sites

            Study Questions

            Endnotes

 

7. Magic and Divination

            The World of Magic

            Magic in Society

            Divination

            Conclusion

            Summary

            Suggested Readings

            Suggested Web Sites

            Study Questions

            Endnotes

 

8. Souls, Ghosts and Death

            Souls and Ancestors

            Bodies and Souls

            Death Rituals

            Days of Death

            Conclusion

            Summary

            Suggested Readings

            Suggested Web Sites

            Study Questions

            Endnotes

 

9. Gods and Spirits

            Spirits

            Gods

            Conclusion

            Summary

            Suggested Readings

            Suggested Web Sites

            Study Questions

            Endnotes

 

10. Witchcraft

            The Concept of Witchcraft in Small-Scale Societies

            Euro-American Witchcraft Beliefs

            Conclusion

            Summary

            Suggested Readings

            Suggested Web Sites

            Study Questions

            Endnotes

 

11. The Search for New Meaning

            Adaptation and Change

            Revitalization Movements

            Neo-Paganism and Revival

            New Religious Movements

            Fundamentalism

            Conclusion

            Summary

            Suggested Readings

            Suggested Web Sites

            Study Questions

            Endnotes

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780205516230
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon
Subject:
Religion
Author:
Stein, Rebecca
Author:
Stein, Philip L.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Magick Studies
Subject:
Religion and culture
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
June 2007
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
290
Dimensions:
9.10x7.06x.62 in. 1.06 lbs.

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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.

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