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The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  23 reviews

This concise introductory textbook emphasizes the major concepts of both anthropology and the anthropology of religion. It is aimed at students encountering anthropology for the first time. Reviewers describe the text as vivid, rich, user-friendly, accessible, and well-organized.

The text examines religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective while incorporatin

Paperback, Third Edition, 270 pages
Published November 29th 2010 by Pearson (first published June 4th 2007)
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Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: stand-alone
This book teaches you about the very many religions out in the world and the principles that define religion. While the text can be card to understand sometimes, if you have the right teacher for it (and i was very lucky to have the right one) it's a very enjoyable class.

This books also talks about how some people take religion too far and how they are not the norm. Which i believe is a great topic to discuss especially because of the current events taking place now.
Amelia Oswald
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was easy to read, for a text book. This is a text book right 😂
Larry McCloskey
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
As a textbook, this book is great. It offers explorations of many different topics and looks at them all from many differing perspectives and from different cultural groups and culture areas.

The depth of some topics is a bit light, but the "easy reading" writing style makes the trade-off worth it. The book is definitely written from a position of cultural relativism, though, which makes discussion a bit lacking at times - culture's beliefs are stated as fact and left alone. For higher level cou
Not super in-depth, but a very approachable textbook for a complex set of subjects.
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Contains a lot of interesting material. Elaboration was stingy but variety was definitely not. There were many different types of cultures looked at, traditions acknowledged, and terms defined. There were parts that were hard to get through because of the lack of enthusiasm. It was pretty blunt and lacked passion, but it is a book mainly meant to teach an overview and not meant to really get into the subject matter in a deep and meaningful way. Overall, I enjoyed the knowledge gained.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this for my World Religion class. I thought it was really good, but a Native American coworker took a look at it and informed me of the bias it presented. It's extremely difficult to find anything without bias these days. That being said, I did enjoy reading it. It was very easy to get through especially for a textbook. ...more
Shelly Wilson
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a textbook we use for a class I teach. The anthropology of religion is a really interesting topic, but this text makes it seem tedious. It’s informative, which is why it gets three stars instead of two. If you’re looking for an Anthropology of Religion text for your class, keep going- there has got to be a better one out there.
Alesa West
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Needed for anthropology course

This book was required but overall it was a good read. Ended up with an A so it was easily read although the course itself was challenging. As long as you enjoy anthropology you will enjoy this book.
Juan Arboleda
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great and easy to follow

This is a great book of you want to learn and see beliefs, magic, and rituals in a different light. Having used this book for the class gave me a new appreciation the things other cultures do different.
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading this! Very informative.
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book is fairly basic and easy to read. A good introduction to some concepts and themes.
Dawn Dehncke
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
At times it was very hard to get through, although the little stories and examples sprinkled throughout made it easier to read.
Alexandria Ziegler
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Great book for an intro anthropology class into religion. Covers the basics of what religions are made up of while remaining respectful, with both emic and etic perspectives.
Chase Parsley
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Co-authors Stein and Stein write a very good textbook about all concepts associated with religion. I admit to being extremely interested when I read the parts about symbols, withcraft, the dangers of religion, and more. A readable book for anyone interested in religious studies!
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Getting through this for school. All interesting topics, but it's a little dry in places. ...more
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book!
Annie Walden
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Easy textbook to read, but I liked this mostly with a supplemental course. Otherwise, a bit dry.
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
I don't recommend this class..... ...more
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