The Anthropology of Religion: An Introduction

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Now available in a revised second edition, this popular introduction to the anthropology of religion combines discussion of the origin and development of debates within the field, with a look at where the subject is heading.


  • Introduces readers to the central theoretical ideas in the anthropology of religion and illustrates them with specific case studies.
  • Features self-contained chapters, each with its own comprehensive bibliography, so that they can be approached in any order.
  • Contains an additional chapter on mythology and a number of new illustrations.
  • Incorporates coverage of the following topics in the existing structure: pilgrimage, spirit possession and cargo cults.
  • Includes a list of ethnographic films and videos that can be used to illustrate and extend discussion of particular issues.

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This bestselling introduction to the anthropology of religion is now available in a fully revised new edition. Along with comprehensive updating, it now features a new chapter on mythology, as well as coverage of topics such as pilgrimage, spirit possession and cargo cults. Illustrates central theoretical ideas with specific case studies Features self-contained chapters, each with its own comprehensive bibliography, so that they can be approached in any order Links the work of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century scholars with contemporary ideas and practices Lists ethnographic films and videos that illustrate particular issues. This accessible textbook will inspire students to explore the field further and encourage them to see that anthropology is not just about reading or doing fieldwork, but offers an enriching way of looking at world.

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The second edition of this popular introduction to the anthropology of religion now features new chapters on mythology and pilgrimage, as well as coverage of topics such as spirit possession and cargo cults. The volume:


  • Introduces readers to the central theoretical ideas in the anthropology of religion, illustrating them with specific case studies;
  • Features self-contained chapters, each with its own comprehensive bibliography, so that they can be approached in any order;
  • Develops ideas throughout the book, linking the work of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century scholars, and contemporary ideas and practices;
  • Includes an appendix offering a list of ethnographic films and videos that can be used to illustrate and extend the discussion of particular issues.

This accessible textbook will inspire students to explore the field further and encourage them to see that anthropology is not just about reading or doing fieldwork, but offers an enriching way of looking at the world.

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