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Ritual and Memory : Toward a Comparative Anthropology of Religion - Harvey Whitehouse

Ritual and Memory

Toward a Comparative Anthropology of Religion

By: Harvey Whitehouse (Editor), James Laidlaw (Editor)

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Published: 18th August 2004
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Ethnographers of religion have created a vast record of religious behavior from small-scale non-literate societies to globally distributed religions in urban settings. So a theory that claims to explain prominent features of ritual, myth, and belief in all contexts everywhere causes ethnographers a skeptical pause. In Ritual and Memory, however, a wide range of ethnographers grapple critically with Harvey Whitehouse's theory of two divergent modes of religiosity. Although these contributors differ in their methods, their areas of fieldwork, and their predisposition towards Whitehouse's cognitively-based approach, they all help evaluate and refine Whitehouse's theory and so contribute to a new comparative approach in the anthropology of religion. Visit our website for sample chapters!

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Divergent Modes of Religiosity in West Africap. 11
Modes of Religiosity and the Legacy of Ernest Gellnerp. 31
Is Image to Doctrine as Speech to Writing? Modes of Communication and the Origins of Religionp. 49
Ritual and Deferencep. 65
The Doctrinal Mode and Evangelical Christianity in the United Statesp. 79
Embedded Modes of Religiosity in Indic Renouncer Religionsp. 89
Conceptualizing from Within: Divergent Religious Modes from Asian Modernist Perspectivesp. 111
Late Medieval Christianity, Balinese Hinduism, and the Doctrinal Mode of Religiosityp. 135
Religious Doctrine or Experience: A Matter of Seeing, Learning, or Doingp. 155
Universalistic Orientations of an Imagistic Mode of Religiosity: The Case of the West African Poro Cultp. 173
Toward a Comparative Anthropology of Religionp. 187
Indexp. 207
About the Contributorsp. 217
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ISBN: 9780759106161
ISBN-10: 0759106169
Series: Cognitive Science of Religion Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 18th August 2004
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.5