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Ecstasy, Ritual, and Alternate Reality : Religion in a Pluralistic World - Felicitas D. Goodman

Ecstasy, Ritual, and Alternate Reality

Religion in a Pluralistic World


Published: 22nd December 1988
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"An important book which deserves the careful attention of serious students of religion." -- Religious Studies Review

Anthropologist and spiritual explorer Felicitas Goodman offers a "unified field theory" of religion as human behavior. She examines ritual, the religious trance, alternate reality, ethics and moral code, and the named category designating religion.

Acknowledgments Introduction Part One: Theory Chapter 1. The Religious: Can It Be Defined? Chapter 2. Human Evolution and the Origins and Evolution of Religious Behavior Chapter 3. The Independent Variable: Interaction with the Habitat Chapter 4. Dependent Variables Ritual Behavior The Religious Trance The Alternate Reality Good Fortune, Misfortune, and the Rituals of Divination Ethics and Its Relation to Religious Behavior The Semantics of OReligionO Part Two: Ethnography Chapter 5. The Hunter-Gatherers Chapter 6. The Horticulturalists Chapter 7. The Agriculturalists Chapter 8. The Nomadic Pastoralists Chapter 9. The City Dwellers Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780253207265
ISBN-10: 0253207266
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 22nd December 1988
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.3