Ritual and Belief: Readings in the Anthropology of Religion is intended to satisfy the needs of students in undergraduate courses in the anthropology of religion and comparative religion. It may be used either as a stand-alone text or as a supplement. This is a text that is more instructor- and student-friendly than any other anthology currently available.
David Hicks is professor of anthropology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.
Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Chapter 1. Perspectives Chapter 3 Reading 1-1 Edward B. Tylor: Animism Chapter 4 Reading 1-2 Sigmund Freud: The Return of Totenism in Childhood Chapter 5 Reading 1-3 Emile Durkheim: The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life Part 6 Chapter 2. Myth, Cosmology, and Symbolic Classification Chapter 7 Reading 2-1 Claude Levi-Strauss: Harelips and Twins: The Splitting of a Myth Chapter 8 Reading 2-2 Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen: The Dogon Chapter 9 Reading 2-3 Mary Douglas: Pollution Part 10 Chapter 3. Gods, Spirits, and Souls Chapter 11 Reading 3-1 Jack Goody: A Kernel of Doubt Chapter 12 Reading 3-2 Lyle B. Steadman, Craig T. Palmer, and Christopher F. Tilley: The Universality of Ancestor Worship Chapter 13 Reading 3-3 Pascal Boyer: What Makes Anthropomorphism Natural: Intuitive Ontology and Cultural Representations Part 14 Chapter 4. Ritual Chapter 15 Reading 4-1 Victor W. Turner: Ritual Symbolism, Morality, and Social Structure among the Ndembu Chapter 16 Reading 4-2 Arnold van Gennep: The Rites of Passage: Conclusions Chapter 17 Reading 4-3 Heiko Henkel: "Between Belief and Unbelief Lies the Performance of Salat": Meaning and Efficacy of a Muslim Ritual Part 18 Chapter 5. Practitioners of Ritual Chapter 19 Reading 5-1 Victor W. Turner: Religious Specialists Chapter 20 Reading 5-2 Margery Wolf: The Woman Who Didn't Become a Shaman Chapter 21 Reading 5-3 Michael J. Harner: The Sound of Rushing Water Part 22 Chapter 6. Body and Mind Chapter 23 Reading 6-1 Napolean A. Chagnon: My Adventure with Ebene: A "Religious Experience" Chapter 24 Reading 6-2 Beth A. Conklin: "Thus Are Our Bodies, Thus Was Our Custom": Mortuary Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society Chapter 25 Reading 6-3 Leonie J. Archer: "In Thy Blood Live": Gender and Ritual in the Judaeo-Christian Tradition Part 26 Chapter 7. Magic and Witchcraft Chapter 27 Reading 7-1 James G. Frazer: Sympathetic Magic Chapter 28 Reading 7-2 E. E. Evans-Pritchard: Men Bewitch Others When They Hate Them Chapter 29 Reading 7-3 George Gmelch: Baseball Magic Part 30 Chapter 8. Death Chapter 31 Reading 8-1 Walter B. Cannon: "Voodoo" Death Chapter 32 Reading 8-2 Peter Metcalf and Richard Huntington: Symbolic Associations of Death Chapter 33 Reading 8-3 David Hicks: Making the King Divine: A Case Study in Ritual Regicide from Timor Part 34 Chapter 9. Gender and Sexuality Chapter 35 Reading 9-1 Eric R. Wolf: The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Mexican National Symbol Chapter 36 Reading 9-2 Serena Nanda: The Hijras of India: Cultural and Individual Dimensions of an Institutionalized Third Gender Role Chapter 37 Reading 9-3 Stanislav Andreski: The Syphilitic Shock Part 38 Chapter 10. The Natural Environment Chapter 39 Reading 10-1 G. Reichel-Dolmatoff: Cosmology as Ecological Analysis: A View from the Rain Forest Chapter 40 Reading 10-2 Roy A. Rappaport: Ritual Regulation of Environmental Relations among a New Guinea People Chapter 41 Reading 10-3 Evon Z. Vogt: Water Witching: An Interpretation of a Ritual Pattern in a Rural American Community Part 42 Chapter 11. Agents of Change Chapter 43 Reading 11-1 Max Weber: Judaism, Christianity, and the Socio-Economic Order Chapter 44 Reading 11-2 Anthony F. C. Wallace: Revitalization Movements Chapter 45 Reading 11-3 Peter M. Worsley: Cargo Cults Part 46 Chapter 12. New Religious Movements Chapter 47 Reading 12-1 John R. Hall: Apocalypse at Jonestown Chapter 48 Reading 12-2 Eileen Barker: The Unification Church Chapter 49 Reading 12-3 Omri Elisha: Faith beyond Belief: Evangelical Protestant Conceptions of Faith and the Resonance of Anti-Humanism Part 50 Glossary Part 51 General References