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The Anthropology of Evil - David Parkin

The Anthropology of Evil

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Published: 8th January 1991
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Evil may be said to be shadowy, mysterious, covert, and associated with night, darkness, secrecy. It is a force acting to destroy the integrity, happiness and welfare of 'normal' society. It is at once the cause and the explanation of misfortune, of the wretchedness of human existence, and of our own individual wrongdoing. That, at any rate, is substantially the western Christianity (and pre-Christian) view. <p>Yet the different societies have opted for very different sets of explanations, which have themselves evolved in radically contrasting ways. There are societies, for example, in which there is no concept of evil. <i> The Anthropology of Evil</i> discusses the problem in the context of different societies and religions- Christian , Confucian, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim for example. It also provides unusual perspectives on questions such as the nature of innocence, the root of evil, the notion of individual malevolence and even whether God is evil. <p>Much has bee written on evil, notably by historians, theologians and philosophers but very little by anthropologists: this book shows how distinctive and revealing their contribution can be.

Prefacep. iv
Introductionp. 1
Theological thoughts about evilp. 26
Unruly evilp. 42
The root of all evilp. 57
The seed of evil withinp. 77
Confucian confusion: the good, the bad and the noodle westernp. 92
The popular culture of evil in urban south Indiap. 110
Buddhism and evilp. 128
Hindu evil as unconquered Lower Selfp. 142
Is God evil?p. 165
Good, evil and spiritual power: reflections on Sufi teachingsp. 194
Do the Fipa have a word for it?p. 209
Entitling evil: Muslims and non-Muslims in coastal Kenyap. 224
There is no end of evil: the guilty innocents and their fallible godp. 244
Notes on Contributorsp. 279
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9780631154327
ISBN-10: 0631154329
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 8th January 1991
Publisher: BLACKWELL PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.55  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition