Anthropology and Religion: What We Know, Think, and Question

Anthropology and Religion: What We Know, Think, and Question

By: Robert L. Winzeler (author)Paperback

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Drawing from ethnographic examples found throughout the world, this text offers a general introduction to what anthropologists know or think about religion, how they have studied it, and how they interpret or explain it since the late 19th century. Winzeler's balanced consideration of classic topics, basic concepts, and new developments in the anthropological study of religion moves beyond cultural anthropology and ethnography to gather information from physical anthropology, prehistory, and archaeology. Written as a sophisticated but accessible treatment of the issues, Anthropology and Religion is a key text for upper division courses.

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Robert L. Winzeler is professor of anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno.


Chapter 1 Chapter One: Anthropology of Religion Chapter 2 Chapter Two: Religion Here and There Chapter 3 Chapter Three: Religion, Evolution and Prehistory Chapter 4 Chapter Four: Religion, Adaptation and the Enviorment Chapter 5 Chapter Five: Natural Symbols Chapter 6 Chapter Six: Myth and Ritual, Old and New Chapter 7 Chapter Seven: Ritual and Belief Chapter 8 Chapter Eight: Witchcraft and Sorcery, Past and Present, Far and Near Chapter 9 Chapter Nine: Spirit Possession, Spirit Mediumship and Shamanism Chapter 10 Chapter Ten: Religious Movements and the Origins of Religion Chapter 11 Chapter Eleven: Anthropology and Religion in a Global Context: The World Religions, Conversion and Complexity

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/10/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780759110465
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780759110465
  • weight: 503
  • ISBN10: 0759110468

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