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Landscape, Ritual and Identity among the Hyolmo of Nepal: The Buddha and the Drum

Landscape, Ritual and Identity among the Hyolmo of Nepal: The Buddha and the Drum

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Davide Torri
December 01, 2018

Highlighting patterns of change and adaptation among the Hyolmo of Nepal, their religious life in the villages and in the urban context, this book addresses the Shamanic-Buddhist interface and their dynamics of change, mutual appropriations and negotiations over time. An important contribution to...

Rethinking Relations and Animism: Personhood and Materiality

Rethinking Relations and Animism: Personhood and Materiality

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Miguel Astor-Aguilera, Graham Harvey
October 17, 2018

Personhood and relationality have re-animated debate in and between many disciplines. We are in the midst of a simultaneous "ontological turn", a "(re)turn to things" and a "relational turn", and also debating a "new animism". It is increasingly recognised that the boundaries between the "natural"...

The Expanding World Ayahuasca Diaspora: Appropriation, Integration and Legislation

The Expanding World Ayahuasca Diaspora: Appropriation, Integration and Legislation

1st Edition

Beatriz Caiuby Labate, Clancy Cavnar
February 22, 2018

During its expansion from the Amazon jungle to Western societies, ayahuasca use has encountered different legal and cultural responses. Following on from the earlier edited collection, The Expanding World Ayahuasca Diaspora continues to explore how certain alternative global religious groups,...

Progress and Its Impact on the Nagas: A Clash of Worldviews

Progress and Its Impact on the Nagas: A Clash of Worldviews

1st Edition

Tezenlo Thong
February 12, 2018

The term ’progress’ is a modern Western notion that life is always improving and advancing toward an ideal state. It is a vital modern concept which underlies geographic explorations and scientific and technological inventions as well as the desire to harness nature in order to increase human...

Shamanism, Discourse, Modernity

Shamanism, Discourse, Modernity

1st Edition

Thomas Karl Alberts
February 12, 2018

Shamanism, Discourse, Modernity considers indigenous peoples’ struggles for human rights, anxieties about anthropocentric mastery of nature, neoliberal statecraft, and entrepreneurialism of the self. The book focuses on four domains - shamanism, indigenism, environmentalism and neoliberalism - in...

Aboriginal Religions in Australia: An Anthology of Recent Writings

Aboriginal Religions in Australia: An Anthology of Recent Writings

1st Edition

Françoise Dussart, Howard Morphy, Max Charlesworth
September 14, 2017

Over the last 25 years there has been an explosion of interest in the Aboriginal religions of Australia and this anthology provides a variety of recent writings, by a wide range of scholars. Australian Aboriginal Religions are probably the oldest extant religious systems. Over some 50,000 years...

The Vitality of Karamojong Religion: Dying Tradition or Living Faith?

The Vitality of Karamojong Religion: Dying Tradition or Living Faith?

1st Edition

Ben Knighton
March 06, 2017

How long can a traditional religion survive the impact of world religions, state hegemony, and globalization? The ’Karamoja problem’ is one that has perplexed colonial and independent governments alike. Now Karamojong notoriety for armed cattle raiding has attracted the attention of the UN and...

From Primitive to Indigenous: The Academic Study of Indigenous Religions

From Primitive to Indigenous: The Academic Study of Indigenous Religions

1st Edition

James L. Cox
February 27, 2017

The academic study of Indigenous Religions developed historically from missiological and anthropological sources, but little analysis has been devoted to this classification within departments of religious studies. Evaluating this assumption in the light of case studies drawn from Zimbabwe, Alaska...

African Traditions in the Study of Religion, Diaspora and Gendered Societies

African Traditions in the Study of Religion, Diaspora and Gendered Societies

1st Edition

Ezra Chitando, Afe Adogame
February 27, 2017

The historiography of African religions and religions in Africa presents a remarkable shift from the study of 'Africa as Object' to 'Africa as Subject', thus translating the subject from obscurity into the global community of the academic study of religion. This book presents a unique...

Caribbean Diaspora in the USA: Diversity of Caribbean Religions in New York City

Caribbean Diaspora in the USA: Diversity of Caribbean Religions in New York City

1st Edition

Bettina Schmidt
December 05, 2016

Caribbean Diaspora in the USA presents a new cultural theory based on an exploration of Caribbean religious communities in New York City. The Caribbean culture of New York demonstrates a cultural dynamism which embraces Spanish speaking, English speaking and French speaking migrants. All cultures...

Critical Reflections on Indigenous Religions

Critical Reflections on Indigenous Religions

1st Edition

James L. Cox
December 02, 2016

The study of indigenous religions has become an important academic field, particularly since the religious practices of indigenous peoples are being transformed by forces of globalization and transcontinental migration. This book will further our understanding of indigenous religions by first...

Blackfoot Religion and the Consequences of Cultural Commoditization

Blackfoot Religion and the Consequences of Cultural Commoditization

1st Edition

Kenneth Hayes Lokensgard
November 15, 2016

This book explores the exchange of Blackfoot "medicine bundles" within contemporary Blackfoot culture and between the Blackfoot Peoples and Euro-Americans. These ceremonial bundles, which are circulated as gifts in their native context, are robbed of their statuses as living beings or persons,...

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