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Indigenous Religions : A Companion - Graham Harvey

Indigenous Religions

A Companion

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The 17 chapters are divided among three parts labelled "People", "Power" and "Gifts" which encapsulate much of what is significant about a diversity of religions which are often pragmatic, multi-stranded, layered, non-dogmatic but unanalytical. They are frequently concerned with reciprocal rather than hierarchical relationships. Some challenge the obesssion with deities, showing that religions are concerned with a far broader range of relationships, many initiated and furthered by humanity not by putative "spiritual" beings. Others challenge obsessions about the afterlife or next world, showing that religions can be concerned with the pursuit of health, wealth and happiness in this world now. The possibility that this is true of all religions makes this Companion relevant to everyone interested in human religiosity today.

"Accessible to the non-specialist and would make a useful introductory text for an undergraduate course on religions not often covered in standard 'world religions' textbooks." "Wide-ranging The editor, best known for his work on contemporary paganism, provides an innovative introduction, framing the essays that follow theoretically and challenging the readers' presuppositions. The essays are relatively accessible to the non-specialist and would make a useful introductory text for an undergraduate course on religions not often covered in standard 'world religions' textbooks." Religious Studies Review

Part 1 People: the cosmos as intersubjective - Native American other-than-human persons, Kenneth M. Morrison; native womanism -exemplars of indigenism in sacred traditions of kinship, M.A. Jaimes Guerrero; shamans, Piers Vitebsicy; witchcraft and healing among the Bangwa of Cameroon, Fiona Bowie; Rattray's request -spirit possession among the Bono of West Africa, Jan G. Platvoet. Part 2 Powers: Mana and Tapu - sacred knowledge, sacred boundaries, Pater I. Mataira; magic, religion and secularity among the Azande and Nuer, Berel Dov Lerner; the dreaming in contemporary Aboriginal Australia, Lynne Hume; ecology and religion in Karuk orientations toward the land, Sean M. Connors. Part 3 Gift: art works in Aotearoa, Graham Harvey; music, art and movement among the Yoruba, Olu Taiwo; the unwieldy promise of ceremonies - the case of the Jakalteko May's dance of the conquest, Charles D. Thompson; rites of passage among the Lohorung Rai and East Nepal, Charlotte E. Hardman; gifts for the Sky Pe

ISBN: 9780304704484
ISBN-10: 0304704482
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 313
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.3  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1