Religion and Magic in the Life of Traditional Peoples

Religion and Magic in the Life of Traditional Peoples

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Addressing the question: "What does religion do for people?," this text offers a general, comparative review of the religions of traditional societies -- of their character and the variations among them. It covers mystical power and its sources; animals and plants in religion; supernatural beings; wizardry; illness and healing; death and the afterlife;, festivals; and more. For sociologists, anthropologists, and all those interested in religion and magic.show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152.4 x 229.4 x 14.2mm | 340.2g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Englewood Cliffs, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130124516
  • 9780130124517

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This book reflects the author's belief that by searching for what religion means in the life of traditional peoples, we may be better able to understand the meaning of religion in our own society. To do so, they present the pertinent anthropological data on religion, review the similarities and variations in religion as they can be seen in traditional societies, and consider the role in the life of the individual and society.show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction. 2. Mystical Power and Its Sources. 3. Animals and Plants in Religion. 4. Supernatural Beings. 5. Communication with the Supernatural. 6. Wizardry. 7. Illness and Healing. 8. Rites of Passage, and Relation Between the Sexes. 9. Death and the Afterlife. 10. Festivals. 11. Religion in Societies Undergoing Rapid Change. 12. What Traditional Religions Do for People. References.yshow more

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