"Sacred Realms" is a comprehensive introduction to the anthropology of religion that presents and defines key concepts with fifty-five classic and current essays by leading specialists. The anthology has wide geographical scope and presents balanced accounts from anthropologists throughout the world. Divided into seventeen subject areas that cover major topics in faith, religion, and belief, "Sacred Realms" concludes with descriptions of five of the world's most influential religions. Features of "Sacred Realms" include: this anthology presents several of the classics of the literature on religion (such as Malinowski, Harris, Miner, Wallace, and Gmelch) while introducing current work in the field, the majority of essays included were originally published in the past fifteen years; the book's six parts are introduced by essays that concisely provide the critical concepts and key points students require; each essay is introduced by head notes that supply context and discuss the principal points that it makes, each head note includes several questions for students to consider while they read the essay.
Features also include: many essays are by authors either native to or living in the societies they describe; essays are readable and cover a wide breadth of topics that are both interesting to students and fit well with subjects that professors commonly teach; the world religions section (Part Six) is not found in any other anthropology of religion book, it presents highly readable, basic accoutns of the largest and historically most important world religions in a balanced fashion.show more