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Religion, Myth, and Magic: The Anthropology of Religion (The Modern Scholar)

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Anthropologist Susan Johnston turns a scholarly eye on one of humankind's primary interests throughout history: the spiritual belief system. Beginning her lectures with an attempt to define religion, Professor Johnstin continues this intriguing study with an examination of mythology and symbols, rituals and witchcraft, gender, politics, and religion's place in the customs ...more
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Published 2009 by Recorded Books, LLC.
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Mike
Aug 01, 2010 Mike rated it it was ok
Shelves: belief, non-fiction
Meh. This course was fairly uninteresting, with not a lot of material or ideas that I hadn't already encountered. The professor also displayed a rather sloppy and imprecise approach to her material; for example, she talked about the George Washington/cherry tree myth and said "is it true? Who knows?" Actually, people know perfectly well that Parson Weems pulled that story directly out of his posterior. Also, she keeps describing the Genesis story as the "Christian" origin story, and tries to ...more
Jim
Dec 11, 2015 Jim rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Susan Johnston's other "audio-course" on the ancient Celts, and was looking forward to this one. However, I found it mildly disappointing. Not bad, exactly-- but it fellshort of what I was hoping based on my experience with her other audiocourse.

The problem is not her lecture style or organization or the content per se , but rather the scope of the subject and the number of lectures allowed to it. A "General introduction" to religion, myth and magic, as understood by anthropolog
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Davis
This set of lectures was my first foray into the Modern Scholar series. Coming from The Great Courses, I have to say I was a little disappointed. First, it seemed that the course was much shorter than what I was used to, and, ultimately, I think a lot of the issues of the course stem from this. While the overall information itself is good, I feel Dr. Johnston often just barely touched on things; personally, I was wanting a deeper course. However, I will say a lot of the information, especially ...more
Glenn Bowlan
Jul 07, 2015 Glenn Bowlan rated it it was ok
This is a light survey of the anthropology of religion. There's not much depth, but the lectures are peppered with some nice ethnographic anecdotes.
Brett
Nov 26, 2011 Brett rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this most, I think, because I'm very interested in the topic and so was able to get beyond the otherwise bland nature of the lesson.
Mario Russo
Nov 30, 2016 Mario Russo rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, religion, tms
Overall, very enjoyable.. it doesn't go too deep and there is some inaccuracies but worth the time.
Tchipakkan
I like all of Professor Johnston's courses. Having read the Textbooks that go with this course, I enjoyed it, and also have enjoyed more the "other books of interest" suggested. I used to send for the course guide that the Modern Scholar series makes available, but was thrilled to discover that I can download them. This makes it possible, when I borrow a course from the library, (because, after all, how often are you going to want to listen to the same course?) to look up the suggested reading ...more
Jenn
Dec 25, 2011 Jenn rated it it was ok
A book with wide sweeping generalizations and basic overviews of the anthropology of religion. Not that it couldn't have been interesting but some of her facts were technically wrong (it's Vodou not Voodoo for example) and just left a lot to be desired. Perhaps if you've never taken an anthropology class or have very little back ground in global religions this would be an informative beginning course. However anything beyond that and it's a bit dull. There was little in the way of specific ...more
Matthew
Dec 14, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book
I enjoyed the lectures. They were definitely lecture, and not audio-book, so people who might think it would be smooth will be surprised. It is supposed to be lectures.
I was familiar with most of the concepts, but not all of the cultures being described. It was a good refresher and the stuff I hadn't known was interesting. This is definitely worth listening to for anyone interested in anthropology, cultures, religion, and further investigating the elements of faith.
Travis Mueller
This was a decent overview of the material in the title. For me a lot of it was review of information I had encountered in college courses on folklore and related topics, but it was still interesting.
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