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Across The Boundaries Of Belief : Contemporary Issues In The Anthropology Of Religion - Morton Klass

Across The Boundaries Of Belief

Contemporary Issues In The Anthropology Of Religion

Paperback Published: 16th April 1999
ISBN: 9780813326955
Number Of Pages: 428

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In this collection of anthropological writings drawn from many different world areas, contemporary theoretical issues and conflicts in the anthropological study of religion are explored and illustrated. The editors present these anthropological writings on religion within a larger cultural matrix by drawing upon literature exhibiting an interdisciplinary as well as global approach.The book examines religion within social, political, and historical contexts to confront theoretical and methodological questions that apply across time and borders. How do belief systems respond to conquest and the imposition of foreign values, beliefs, and practices? What happens to religion when the colonial rulers depart? What are the relationships between gender, sexuality, and religious rules and restrictions? How is gender constructed and maintained within ideological systems? How do the beliefs and practices underlying possession and trance deal with illness and death, and how do they respond to science and other belief systems? Is religion a tool or weapon of the state--or an enemy of the people? And how does religion, often erroneously perceived as changeless and constant, respond to the pressures and technologies of this rapidly changing world? "Across the Boundaries of Belief" examines these issues and many others.The readings derive from interdisciplinary as well as global literature, and the titles of the sections reflect the contexts within which religion is explored and portrayed in this collection: "Colonialism and the Post-Colonial Legacy," "Gender and Sexuality," "The Healing Touch and Altered States," "Religion and the State," and "Changes and Continuities." The book will help students and general readers to perceive religion as a pan-human institution embedded in social structures, political systems, and historical contexts.

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Colonialism and Postcolonial Legaciesp. 7
Anthropologists Versus Missionaries: The Influence of Presuppositionsp. 11
From Tupa to the Land Without Evil: The Christianization of Tupi-Guarani Cosmologyp. 22
Shamanism and Christianity: Modern-Day Tlingit Elders Look at the Pastp. 42
Reflections on Christianity in Chinap. 63
Gender and Sexualityp. 81
Menstruation and Reproduction: An Oglala Casep. 85
The Domestication of Religion: The Spiritual Guardianship of Elderly Jewish Womenp. 96
Becoming a Mujercita: Rituals, Fiestas, and Religious Discoursesp. 113
Erotic Anthropology: "Ritualized Homosexuality" in Melanesia and Beyondp. 133
The Healing Touch and Altered Statesp. 159
Exorcists, Psychiatrists, and the Problems of Possession in Northwest Madagascarp. 163
The Woman Who Wanted To Be Her Father: A Case Analysis of Dybbuk Possession in a Hasidic Communityp. 196
Hypnosis and Trance Induction in the Surgeries of Brazilian Spiritist Healer-Mediumsp. 211
Zar as Modernization in Contemporary Sudanp. 227
Religion and the Statep. 249
Pockets Full of Mistakes: The Personal Consequences of Religious Change in a Toraja Villagep. 253
Bandits, Beggars, and Ghosts: The Failure of State Control over Religious Interpretation in Taiwanp. 271
Muslim Identity and Secularism in Contemporary Turkey: "The Headscarf Dispute,"p. 291
The Interpretation of Politics: A Hopi Conundrump. 303
Changes and Continuitiesp. 325
Cargoism in Irian Jaya Todayp. 329
Transnational Popular Culture and the Global Spread of the Jamaican Rastafarian Movementp. 347
On Founders and Followers: Some Factors in the Development of New Religious Movementsp. 367
Convicted by the Holy Spirit: The Rhetoric of Fundamental Baptist Conversionp. 381
Additional Readingsp. 402
Creditsp. 404
Indexp. 406
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ISBN: 9780813326955
ISBN-10: 0813326958
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: 16th April 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1