Religion and Magic in the Life of Traditional Peoples

Religion and Magic in the Life of Traditional Peoples

3.2 (10 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , By (author) 

List price: US$91.40

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


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 more

Product details

  • 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

Back cover copy

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 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

Rating details

10 ratings
3.2 out of 5 stars
5 10% (1)
4 30% (3)
3 40% (4)
2 10% (1)
1 10% (1)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X