Anthropology of Religion: The Basics

1st Edition

James S Bielo

Published March 23, 2015
Reference - 176 Pages
ISBN 9780415731256 - CAT# Y158073
Series: The Basics

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Anthropology of Religion: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introductory text organized around key issues that all anthropologists of religion face. This book uses a wide range of historical and ethnographic examples to address not only what is studied by anthropologists of religion, but how such studies are approached. It addresses questions such as:

  • How do human agents interact with gods and spirits?
  • What is the nature of doing religious ethnography?
  • Can the immaterial be embodied in the body, language and material objects?
  • What is the role of ritual, time, and place in religion?
  • Why is charisma important for religious movements?
  • How do global processes interact with religions?

With international case studies from a range of religious traditions, suggestions for further reading, and inventive reflection boxes, Anthropology of Religion: The Basics is an essential read for students approaching the subject for the first time.


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