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The Anthropology of Religion Magic and Witchcraft Pearson eText

The Anthropology of Religion  Magic  and Witchcraft    Pearson eText Book
Author : Rebecca L Stein,Philip Stein
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2015-08-07
ISBN : 1317350219
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book emphasizes the major concepts of both anthropology and the anthropology of religion and examines religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective while incorporating key theoretical concepts. It is aimed at students encountering anthropology for the first time.

The Anthropology of Religion Magic and Witchcraft Pearson eText

The Anthropology of Religion  Magic  and Witchcraft    Pearson eText Book
Author : Rebecca L Stein,Philip Stein
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2015-08-07
ISBN : 1317350200
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

This book emphasizes the major concepts of both anthropology and the anthropology of religion and examines religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective while incorporating key theoretical concepts. It is aimed at students encountering anthropology for the first time.

The Anthropology of Religion Magic and Witchcraft

The Anthropology of Religion  Magic  and Witchcraft Book
Author : Rebecca Stein,Philip L. Stein
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2017
ISBN : 9781138692527
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This concise and accessible textbook introduces students to the anthropological study of religion. Stein and Stein examine religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective and expose students to the varying complexity of world religions. The chapters incorporate key theoretical concepts and a rich range of ethnographic material. The fourth edition of The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft offers: � increased coverage of new religious movements, fundamentalism, and religion and conflict/violence; � fresh case study material with examples drawn from around the globe; � further resources via a comprehensive companion website. This is an essential guide for students encountering anthropology of religion for the first time.

Magic Witchcraft and the Otherworld

Magic  Witchcraft and the Otherworld Book
Author : Susan Greenwood
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2020-08-02
ISBN : 1000181227
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Anthropology's long and complex relationship to magic has been strongly influenced by western science and notions of rationality. This book takes a refreshing new look at modern magic as practised by contemporary Pagans in Britain. It focuses on what Pagans see as the essence of magic - a communication with an otherworldly reality. Examining issues of identity, gender and morality, the author argues that the otherworld forms a central defining characteristic of magical practice. Integrating an experiential ethnographic approach with an analysis of magic, this book asks penetrating questions about the nature of otherworldly knowledge and argues that our scientific frameworks need re-envisioning. It is unique in providing an insider's view of how magic is practised in contemporary western culture.

Moral Power

Moral Power Book
Author : Koen Stroeken
Publisher : Berghahn Books
Release : 2010
ISBN : 9781845457358
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"Koen Stroeken's work is fascinating, thought-provoking, theoretically challenging and ethnographically penetrating. It is anthropology, yes, and very true anthropology for that matter, but it is also a deep and unsettling experience finding its voice." * Per Brandstrom, Uppsala University "The book is thoroughly engaging and a timely ......

Witchcraft Confessions and Accusations

Witchcraft Confessions and Accusations Book
Author : Mary Douglas
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2013-04-15
ISBN : 1135032971
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Historians as well as anthropologists have contributed to this volume of studies on aspects of witchcraft in a variety of cultures and periods from Tudor England to twentieth-century Africa and New Guinea. Contributors include: Mary Douglas, Norman Cohn, Peter Brown, Keith Thomas, Alan Macfarlane, Alison Redmayne, R.G. Willis, Edwin Ardener, Robert Brain, Julian Pitt-Rivers, Esther Goody, Peter Rivière, Anthony Forge, Godfrey Lienhardt, I.M. Lewis, Brian Spooner, G.I. Jones, Malcolm Ruel and T.O. Beidelman. First published in 1970.

Religions in Practice

Religions in Practice Book
Author : John R. Bowen
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2015-08-07
ISBN : 1317344472
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Examines religious practices from an anthropological perspective Religions in Practice, 6/e, offers an issues-oriented perspective on everyday religious behaviors – prayer, sacrifice, initiation, healing, etc. – by focusing on such topics as transnationalism, gender, and religious laws. The text examines a full spectrum of religions, from small-scale societies to major, established religions. The in-depth treatment of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity is particularly noteworthy and easily supplemented with field projects directly related to the text.

Thinking with Demons

Thinking with Demons Book
Author : Stuart Clark
Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
Release : 1999
ISBN : 9780198208082
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Dr Clark offers an interpretation of the witchcraft beliefs of European intellectuals of the period, based on their publication in the field of demonology. This work will increase our understanding of the cultural history of early modern Europe.

Magic Witchcraft and Religion A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion

Magic Witchcraft and Religion  A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion Book
Author : James Myers,Pamela Moro, Professor
Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education
Release : 2012-09-27
ISBN : 9780078034947
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Magic Witchcraft and Religion: A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion takes an anthropological approach to the study of religious beliefs and practices, both strange and familiar. The engaging articles on all key issues related to the anthropology of religion grab the attention of students, while giving them an excellent foundation in contemporary ideas and approaches in the field. The multiple authors included in each chapter represent a range of interests, geographic foci, and ways of looking at each subject. Features of the ninth edition include new study questions and articles, as well as updated discussions on religion, illness, healing, and death.

The Nature of Magic

The Nature of Magic Book
Author : Susan Greenwood
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2020-06-03
ISBN : 100018319X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book examines how and why practitioners of nature religion - Western witches, druids, shamans - seek to relate spiritually with nature through 'magical consciousness'. 'Magic' and 'consciousness' are concepts that are often fraught with prejudice and ambiguity respectively. Greenwood develops a new theory of magical consciousness by arguing that magic ultimately has more to do with the workings of the human mind in terms of an expanded awareness than with socio-cultural explanations. She combines her own subjective insights gained from magical practice with practitioners' in-depth accounts and sustained academic theory on the process of magic. She also tracks magical consciousness in philosophy, myth, folklore, story-telling, and the hi-tech discourse of postmodernity, and asks important questions concerning nature religion's environmental credentials, such as whether it as inherently ecological as many of its practitioners claim.

Religion and the Decline of Magic

Religion and the Decline of Magic Book
Author : Keith Thomas
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release : 2003-01-30
ISBN : 0141932406
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Witchcraft, astrology, divination and every kind of popular magic flourished in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, from the belief that a blessed amulet could prevent the assaults of the Devil to the use of the same charms to recover stolen goods. At the same time the Protestant Reformation attempted to take the magic out of religion, and scientists were developing new explanations of the universe. Keith Thomas's classic analysis of beliefs held on every level of English society begins with the collapse of the medieval Church and ends with the changing intellectual atmosphere around 1700, when science and rationalism began to challenge the older systems of belief.

Witchcraft and Magic

Witchcraft and Magic Book
Author : Helen A. Berger
Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
Release : 2011-03-19
ISBN : 0812201256
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Magic, always part of the occult underground in North America, has experienced a resurgence since the 1960s. Although most contemporary magical religions have come from abroad, they have found fertile ground in which to develop in North America. Who are today's believers in Witchcraft and how do they worship? Alternative spiritual paths have increased the ranks of followers dramatically, particularly among well-educated middle-class individuals. Witchcraft and Magic conveys the richness of magical religious experiences found in today's culture, covering the continent of North America and the Caribbean. These original essays survey current and historical issues pertinent to religions that incorporate magical or occult beliefs and practices, and they examine contemporary responses to these religions. The relationship between Witchcraft and Neopaganism is explored, as is their intersection with established groups practicing goddess worship. Recent years have seen the growth in New Age magic and Afro-Caribbean religions, and these developments are also addressed in this volume. All the religions covered offer adherents an alternative worldview and rituals that are aimed at helping individuals redefine themselves and make their interactions with the environment more empowered. Many modern occult religions share an absence of dogma or central authority to determine orthodoxy, and have become a contemporary experience embracing modern concerns like feminism, environmentalism, civil rights, and gay rights. Afro-Caribbean religions such as Santería, Palo, and Curanderismo, which do have a more developed dogma and authority structure, offer their followers a religion steeped in African and Hispanic traditions. Responses to the growth of magical religions have varied, from acceptance to an unfounded concern about the growth of a satanic underground. And, as magical religions have flourished, increased interest has resulted in a growing commercialization, with its threat of trivialization.

Perspectives on African Witchcraft

Perspectives on African Witchcraft Book
Author : Mariano Pavanello
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2016-12-08
ISBN : 1315439905
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This volume draws on a range of ethnographic and historical material to provide insight into witchcraft in sub-Saharan Africa. The chapters explore a variety of cultural contexts, with contributions focusing on Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ghana, Mali, Ethiopia and Eritrean diaspora. The book considers the concept of witchcraft itself, the interrelations with religion and medicine, and the theoretical frameworks employed to explain the nature of modern African witchcraft representations.

A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion

A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion Book
Author : Michael Lambek
Publisher : Blackwell Publishing
Release : 2002
ISBN : 9780631221135
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion is a collection of some of the most significant classic and contemporary writings on the anthropology of religion. It includes both material whose theme is 'religion' in a straightforward and obvious sense, as well as material that has expanded how we might look at religion - and the horizons of what we mean by 'religion' - linking it to broader questions of culture and politics.

Introducing Anthropology of Religion

Introducing Anthropology of Religion Book
Author : Jack David Eller
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2007-08-07
ISBN : 1134131925
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This lively and readable survey introduces students to key areas of the field and shows how to apply an anthropological approach to the study of contemporary world religions. Written by an experienced teacher, it covers all of the traditional topics of anthropology of religion, including definitions and theories, beliefs, symbols and language, and ritual and myth, and combines analytic and conceptual discussion with up-to-date ethnography and theory. Eller includes copious examples from religions around the world – both familiar and unfamiliar – and two mini-case studies in each chapter. He also explores classic and contemporary anthropological contributions to important but often overlooked issues such as violence and fundamentalism, morality, secularization, religion in America, and new religious movements. Introducing Anthropology of Religion demonstrates that anthropology is both relevant and essential for understanding the world we inhabit today.

Magic Science and Religion and Other Essays

Magic  Science and Religion and Other Essays Book
Author : Bronislaw Malinowski
Publisher : Read Books Ltd
Release : 2014-04-10
ISBN : 1473393124
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book contains three prolific essays by the world renown polish anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski. First published in 1926, Magic, Science and Religion provides its readers with a seminal collection of texts exploring the concepts of magic, religion, science, rite and myth, detailing how they interlink to offer exciting and informative insights into the Trobrianders of New Guinea. A must-have for any students of anthropology and collectors of Malinowski’s work, we are republishing this classic work with a new introductory biography of the author.

Magic in the Modern World

Magic in the Modern World Book
Author : Edward Bever,Randall Styers
Publisher : Penn State Press
Release : 2017-04-18
ISBN : 0271079878
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This collection of essays considers the place of magic in the modern world, first by exploring the ways in which modernity has been defined in explicit opposition to magic and superstition, and then by illuminating how modern proponents of magic have worked to legitimize their practices through an overt embrace of evolving forms such as esotericism and supernaturalism. Taking a two-track approach, this book explores the complex dynamics of the construction of the modern self and its relation to the modern preoccupation with magic. Essays examine how modern “rational” consciousness is generated and maintained and how proponents of both magical and scientific traditions rationalize evidence to fit accepted orthodoxy. This book also describes how people unsatisfied with the norms of modern subjectivity embrace various forms of magic—and the methods these modern practitioners use to legitimate magic in the modern world. A compelling assessment of magic from the early modern period to today, Magic in the Modern World shows how, despite the dominant culture’s emphatic denial of their validity, older forms of magic persist and develop while new forms of magic continue to emerge. In addition to the editors, contributors include Egil Asprem, Erik Davis, Megan Goodwin, Dan Harms, Adam Jortner, and Benedek Láng.

Persuasions of the Witch s Craft

Persuasions of the Witch   s Craft Book
Author : T. M. Luhrmann
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Release : 1991
ISBN : 9780674663244
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Profiles the surprising number of otherwise "normal" people who practice magic and witchcraft in England today, detailing how they became involved in witchcraft, the history and tradition of magic, and other fascinating details

Magic Witchcraft and Religion in the Media Revised First Edition

Magic  Witchcraft  and Religion in the Media  Revised First Edition  Book
Author : Liam Murphy
Publisher : Cognella Academic Publishing
Release : 2015-12-31
ISBN : 9781631895579
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Western popular culture is saturated with ideas drawn from religious institutions and a variety of other forms of awareness. In an age that many view as secular, news accounts are replete with sensationalist stories about inexplicable supernatural events. The Occult, mythology, vampires, zombies, ghosts and apparitions, and paranormal activity are but a few of the supernatural or cosmological themes and images that are felt in everyday life. Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion in the Media, represents a unique effort to capture a cross-section of these events in media reportage and analyze them through the lens of anthropology. The essays selected for this text, which are drawn from a variety of news media and online sources, are clustered around important themes and discussed in terms of their impact on society. They illustrate how "classic" observations and theory made by social and cultural anthropologists have "real world" application in the here-and-now of everyday American life. This is an ideal supplemental text for introductory and general education courses on "the anthropology of religion," yet it is accessible to an educated public.

Witching Culture

Witching Culture Book
Author : Sabina Magliocco
Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
Release : 2010-11-24
ISBN : 9780812202700
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Taking the reader into the heart of one of the fastest-growing religious movements in North America, Sabina Magliocco reveals how the disciplines of anthropology and folklore were fundamental to the early development of Neo-Paganism and the revival of witchcraft. Magliocco examines the roots that this religious movement has in a Western spiritual tradition of mysticism disavowed by the Enlightenment. She explores, too, how modern Pagans and Witches are imaginatively reclaiming discarded practices and beliefs to create religions more in keeping with their personal experience of the world as sacred and filled with meaning. Neo-Pagan religions focus on experience, rather than belief, and many contemporary practitioners have had mystical experiences. They seek a context that normalizes them and creates in them new spiritual dimensions that involve change in ordinary consciousness. Magliocco analyzes magical practices and rituals of Neo-Paganism as art forms that reanimate the cosmos and stimulate the imagination of its practitioners. She discusses rituals that are put together using materials from a variety of cultural and historical sources, and examines the cultural politics surrounding the movement—how the Neo-Pagan movement creates identity by contrasting itself against the dominant culture and how it can be understood in the context of early twenty-first-century identity politics. Witching Culture is the first ethnography of this religious movement to focus specifically on the role of anthropology and folklore in its formation, on experiences that are central to its practice, and on what it reveals about identity and belief in twenty-first-century North America.