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Anthropology of Religion: The Basics

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Anthropology of Religion: The Basics




Anthropology of Religion: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introductory text organized around key issues that all anthropologists of religion face. This book uses a wide range of historical and ethnographic examples to address not only what is studied by anthropologists of religion, but how such studies are approached. It addresses questions such as: * How do human agents interact with gods and spirits? * What is the nature of doing religious ethnography? * Can the immaterial be embodied in the body, language and material objects? * What is the role of ritual, time, and place in religion? * Why is charisma important for religious movements? * How do global processes interact with religions? With international case studies from a range of religious traditions, suggestions for further reading, and inventive reflection boxes, Anthropology of Religion: The Basics is an essential read for students approaching the subject for the first time.