Ecstasy, Ritual, and Alternate Reality

Ecstasy, Ritual, and Alternate Reality : Religion in a Pluralistic World

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An important book which deserves the careful attention of serious students of religion." -Religious Studies ReviewAnthropologist and spiritual explorer Felicitas Goodman offers a "unified field theory" of religion as human behavior. She examines ritual, the religious trance, alternate reality, ethics and moral code, and the named category designating religion.show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 15.24mm | 181.44g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253207266
  • 9780253207265
  • 1,018,139

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In this cross-disciplinary exploration of comparative religion, Felicitas Goodmand offers a unified field theory of religion as human behavior. She examines ritual, the religious trance, alternate reality, ethics and moral code, and the named category designating religion.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart One: TheoryChapter 1. The Religious: Can It Be Defined?Chapter 2. Human Evolution and the Origins and Evolution of Religious BehaviorChapter 3. The Independent Variable: Interaction with the HabitatChapter 4. Dependent VariablesRitual BehaviorThe Religious TranceThe Alternate RealityGood Fortune, Misfortune, and the Rituals of DivinationEthics and Its Relation to Religious BehaviorThe Semantics of "Religion"Part Two: EthnographyChapter 5. The Hunter-GatherersChapter 6. The HorticulturalistsChapter 7. The AgriculturalistsChapter 8. The Nomadic PastoralistsChapter 9. The City DwellersConclusionNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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