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A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion

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A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion is a collection of some of the most significant classic and contemporary writings on the anthropology of religion. It includes both material whose theme is 'religion' in a straightforward and obvious sense, as well as material that has expanded how we might look at religion - and the horizons of what we mean by 'religion' - linkin
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Paperback, 620 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by Blackwell Publishers (first published 2001)
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Michael Vint
As a reader it takes up the penultimate strands of the anthropological origins of religion and sutures them together in a sort of 'best of' collection. This is nowhere near as trivial as i have perhaps alluded towards. It is illuminating, expansive and one of the best reference books available on the subject. It is a beautiful book to own despite the bulky dictionary like aura. It perhaps can be lauded as providing a comprehensive and detailed account of the progression of a subject which is cur ...more
Janine
Sep 15, 2015 Janine rated it it was ok
Not for the uninitiated in anthropology. This book collects excerpts from important works by Evans-Pritchard, Victor Turner (Liminaltiy and communitas), Sherry B. Ortner, (key symbols), et al. It is obviously written by anthropologists for anthropologists (as opposed to undergrads) and it is challenging in its language and its concepts. It is a textbook for me for a class called, "Magic, Witchcraft and Religion", which is not nearly as interesting as it sounds. It does not have any textbook feat ...more
Don
Jul 25, 2007 Don rated it it was amazing
I read this book (at least, I read several of the sections) and found it illuminating and, as my professor of religious anthropology called it, "muddying", as these texts don't so much as definitively explain the various religious studies they are undertaking so much as begin to unpack them, explode them into their extraordinarily complex arrays and fractals.

This is being shelved as reference and I will continue to mine it for information.
Hannah
Dec 10, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it
Very good book in regards to direct access to ethnographies. The only problem was the fact that it pulled excerpts from books without properly communicating the whole purpose of the books themselves. This can create a biased message
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