Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion

Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion : An Anthropological Study of the Supernatural

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This is a comparative reader that takes an anthropological approach to the study of religious beliefs, both strange and familiar.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 456 pages
  • 182.88 x 233.68 x 20.32mm | 612.35g
  • Mayfield Publishing Co ,U.S.
  • United States
  • English, Multiple languages
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • illustrations, map
  • 0767416929
  • 9780767416924

Table of contents

(Asterisks denote selections new to this edition.) Foreword by James W. Fernandez Preface 1. The Anthropological Study of Religion * Clifford Geertz, "Religion" Marvin Harris, "Why We Became Religious" and "The Evolution of the Spirit World" Dorothy Lee, "Religious Perspectives in Anthropology" Lauriston Sharp, "Steel Axes for Stone-Age Australians" 2. Myth, Ritual, Symbolism, and Taboo * Edmund R. Leach, "Genesis as Myth" * Victor W. Turner, "Betwixt and Between: The Liminal Period in Rites de Passage" Daniel Gordon, "Female Circumcision in Egypt and Sudan: A Controversial Rite of Passage" Raymond Firth, "An Anthropologist's Reflections on Symbolic Usage" Mary Douglas, "Taboo" Jill Dubisch, "You Are What You Eat: Religious Aspects of the Health Food Movement" Horace Miner, "Body Ritual among the Nacirema" 3. Shamans, Priests, and Prophets Victor W. Turner, "Religious Specialists" C. Von Furer-Haimendorf, "Priests" William Howells, "The Shaman: A Siberian Spiritualist" Michael Fobes Brown, "Dark Side of the Shaman" Michael Barkun, "Reflections after Waco: Millennialists and the State" 4. The Religious Use of Drugs Francis Huxley, "Drugs" * J.S. Slotkin, "The Peyote Way" Peter T. Furst and Michael D. Coe, "Ritual Enemas" Michael Harner, "The Sound of Rushing Water" Robert S. de Ropp, "Psychedelic Drugs and Religious Experience" 5. Ethnomedicine: Religion and Healing Arthur C. Lehmann, "Eyes of the Ngangas: Ethnomedicine and Power in Central African Republic" Ari Kiev, "The Psychotherapeutic Aspects of Primitive Medicine" Robert Bergman, "A School for Medicine Men" William Wedenoja, "Mothering and the Practice of 'Balm' in Jamaica" Thomas Bass, "Traditional African Psychotherapy: An Interview with Thomas Adeoye Lambo" Claude Levi-Strauss, "The Sorcerer and His Magic" Wayland D. Hand, "Folk Medical Magic and Symbolism in the West" 6. Witchcraft and Sorcery James L. Brain, "An Anthropological Perspective on the Witchcraze" Phillips Stevens, Jr., "Some Implications of Urban Witchcraft Beliefs" Naomi M. McPherson, "Sorcery and Concepts of Deviance among the Kabana, West New Britain" Harry D. Eastwell, "Voodoo Death and the Mechanism for Dispatch of the Dying in East Arnhem, Australia" * Loretta Orion, "Wicca, A Way of Working" 7. Demons, Exorcism, Divination, and Magic June Nash, "Devils, Witches, and Sudden Death" E. Mansell Pattison, "Psychosocial Interpretations of Exorcism" Lucy Mair, "Divination" * E.E. Evans-Pritchard, "Consulting the Poison Oracle among the Azande" Bronislaw Malinowski, "Rational Mastery by Man of His Surroundings" * George Gmelch, "Baseball Magic" (revised 1999) 8. Ghosts, Souls, and Ancestors: Power of the Dead Shirley Lindenbaum, "Sorcerers, Ghosts, and Polluting Women: An Analysis of Religious Belief and Population Control" William E. Mitchell, "A New Weapon Stirs Up Old Ghosts" Paul Barber, "The Real Vampire" Karen McCarthy Brown, "Voodoo" Gino del Guercio, "The Secrets of Haiti's Living Dead" William Booth, "Voodoo Science" Peter A. Metcalf, "Death Be Not Strange" 9. Old and New Religions: The Search for Salvation Anthony F. C. Wallace, "Revitalization Movements" * Alice Beck Kehoe, "The Ghost Dance Religion" Peter M. Worsley, "Cargo Cults" * William F. Lewis, "Urban Rastas in Kingston, Jamaica" Mary Lee Daugherty, "Serpent-Handling as Sacrament" * Elizabeth Puttick, "New Religions and the Counter-Culture" 10. The Occult: Paths to the Unknown Carl Sagan, "The Burden of Skepticism" Barry Singer and Victor A. Benassi, "Occult Beliefs" Raymond L. M. Lee, "Amulets and Anthropology: A Paranormal Encounter with Malay Magic" * Newsweek, "The Next Level: Heaven's Gate" Glossary / Bibliography / Index
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