Sacred Realms: Readings in the Anthropology of Religion

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byRichard Warms, James Garber, R. Jon Mcgee

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This comprehensive introduction to the anthropology of religion is designed to give students the tools to understand and analyze religion while considering its important role in world affairs. Intended primarily for beginning courses in comparative religion or anthropology of religion, theanthology includes classic and recent essays by authors from diverse ethnic and national backgrounds. Divided into twelve major topics in faith, religion, and belief, the text concludes with a unique section written by the editors that describes fundamental aspects of five of the world's mostinfluential religions. Each of the book's sections opens with an overview that highlights relevant and critical concepts, providing essential background information for understanding the articles that follow.

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This comprehensive introduction to the anthropology of religion is designed to give students the tools to understand and analyze religion while considering its important role in world affairs. Intended primarily for beginning courses in comparative religion or anthropology of religion, theanthology includes classic and recent essays by...

Richard Warms and James Garber are both Professors of Anthropology at Texas State University-San Marcos. R. Jon McGee is a Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Texas State University-San Marcos.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 10.9 × 8.5 × 1 inPublished:March 6, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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*=New to this editionPrefaceWorld Map of Places Discussed in TextIntroduction: What Is Religion?Part One: Introducing Religion1. The Origins of ReligionJames McClenon: How Religion Began: Human Evolution and the Origin of Religion (2002)John M. Watanabe and Barbara B. Smuts: * Explaining Religion Without Explaining It Away: Trust, Truth, and the Evolution of Cooperation in Roy A. Rappaport's "The Obvious Aspects of Ritual" (1999)Bronislaw Malinowski: Rational Mastery by Man of His Surroundings (1925)2. Religion and SocietyCharles Lindholm: *Culture, Charisma, and Consciousness: The Case of the Rajneeshee (2002)Aihwa Ong: The Production of Possession: Spirits and the Multinational Corporation in Malaysia (1988)Hikaru Suzuki: Japanese Death Rituals in Transit: From Household Ancestors to Beloved Antecedents (1998)3. Religion and the EnvironmentJ. Stephen Lansing: Balinese "Water Temples" and the Management of Irrigation (1987)Marvin Harris: *The Cultural Ecology of India's Sacred Cattle (1966)Sandra E. Greene: Sacred Terrain: Religion, Politics, and Place in the History of Anloga (Ghana) (1997)Part Two: Ritual, Religion, and the Supernatural4. Supernatural Beings and PowersMahipal Bhuriya: Tribal Religion in India: A Case Study of the Bhils (1986)Aubrey L. Parke: The Qawa Incident in 1968 and Other Cases of "Spirit Possession": Religious Syncretism in Fiji (1995)Fernando Cervantes: The Devil and the Saints in the Conquest of Mexico (1994)Arthur Saniotis: *Tales of Mastery: Spirit Familiar in Sufis' Religious Imagination (2004)5. Special Roles in Religion: Shamans, Priests, and ProphetsLaurel Kendall: Korean Shamans and the Spirits of Capitalism (1996)Julie Cruikshank: Claiming Legitimacy: Prophecy Narratives from Northern Aboriginal Women (1994)Andrew Apter: *The Embodiment of Paradox: Yoruba Kingship and Female Power (1991)6. Ritual and CeremonyVictor W. Turner: Betwixt and Between: The Liminal Period in Rites de Passage (1964)Phillips Stevens, Jr.: Play and Liminality in Rites of Passage: From Elder to Ancestor in West Africa (1991)Lori Leonard: Female Circumcision in Southern Chad: Origins, Meaning, and Current Practice (1996)George Gmelch: Baseball Magic (2002)Horace Miner: Body Ritual Among the Nacirema (1956)Part Three: Journeys of the Soul7. Altered StatesWade Davis: Hallucinogenic Plants and Their Use in Traditional Societies (1985)John R. Baker: The Old Woman and Her Gifts: Pharmacological Bases of the Chumash Use of Datura (1994)J. D. Lewis-Williams: Cognitive and Optical Illusions in San Rock Art Research (1986)Scott R. Hutson: The Rave: Spiritual Healing in Modern Western Subcultures (2000)Elaine J. Lawless: "The Night I Got the Holy Ghost . . .": Holy Ghost Narratives and the Pentecostal Conversion Process (1988)8. Deaths and FuneralsRichard T. Gill: Whatever Happened to the American Way of Death? (1996)Beth Conklin: "Thus Are Our Bodies, Thus Was Our Custom": Mortuary Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society (1995)Audrey Shalinsky and Anthony Glascock: Killing Infants and the Aged in Nonindustrial Societies: Removing the Liminal (1988)Dong Sull Choi: Origins and Realities of Suttee in Hinduism (2002)Part Four: Sickness and Health9. HealingWolf Roder: Magic, Medicine, and Metaphysics in Nigeria (1991)Madelyn Krassner: Effective Features of Therapy from the Healer's Perspective: A Study of Curanderismo (1986)Jacob R. Hickman: *"Is it the Spirit or the Body"?: Syncretism of Health Beliefs Among Hmong Immigrants to Alaska (2007)Ineke M. Lazar: Culture-Bound Illnesses in a Samoan Migrant Community (1985)10. BewitchingRonald C. Johnson: Parallels between Recollections of Repressed Childhood Sex Abuse, Kidnappings by Space Aliens, and the 1692 Salem Witch Hunts (1994)Joseph Jay Tobin and Joan Friedmen: Spirits, Shamans, and Nightmare Death: Survivor Stress in a Hmong Refugee (1983)Peter Wogan: Magical Literacy: Encountering a Witch's Book in Ecuador (1988)Part Five: Religion in Contemporary States11. Religion and PoltitcsRaymond Firth: *Spiritual Aroma: Religion and Politics (1981)Kwang-Ok-Kim: *Rituals of Resistance: The Manipulation of Shamanism in Contemporary Korea (1994)Mahmood Mamd: *Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: A Political Perspective on Culture and Terrorism (2002)12. New Relgious MovementsAnthony F. C. Wallace: Revitalization Movements (1956)Allen Scarboro and Philip Andrew Luck: The Goddess and Power: Witchcraft and Religion in America (1997)Mark Juergensmeyer: Christian Violence in America (1998)Raymond L. M. Lee: Taipucam in Malaysia: Ecstasy and Identity in a Tamil Hindu Festival (1989)W. Paul Williamson and Howard R. Pollio: The Phenomenology of Religious Serpent Handling: A Rationale and Thematic Study of Extemporaneous Sermons (1999)Simon Dein: Lubavitch: A Contemporary Messianic Movement (1997)Part Six: World Religions13. HinduismThe Historical Development of HinduismThe Sacred Literature of HinduismVarna: The Caste SystemVarieties of Hindu Religious PracticeVeneration of CattleFestivalsHinduism and the Modern World14. BuddhismThe Life of Siddhartha Gautama (563-483 B.C.E.)Buddha's TeachingsThe Development and Spread of BuddhismDivisions of BuddhismRelics, Pilgrimages, and Holy DaysContemporary Buddhism15. JudaismSacred LiteratureHistorical BackgroundKabbalah and HasidismThe HolocaustZionismContemporary Judaism: Sacred PracticesReligious FestivalsDietary and Religious PracticesDivisions within JudaismJews in the Modern World16. ChristianityHistorical BackgroundThe Early Christian MovementDivisions in Early ChristianityMonasticismMedieval Christianity: Division between Eastern and Western ChurchesReformation and ResponseSacred LiteratureChristian RitualChristian HolidaysChristianity TodayNew Denominations and Christian Fundamentalism in America17. IslamThe Life of MuhammadIslamic ExpansionMuslim Beliefs and PracticesSunnah and the HadithsShiite and Sunni in IslamOther Variations: Black MuslimsIslam in the Past One Hundred YearsGlossaryIndex