The Anthropology of Religion  Magic  and Witchcraft Book
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The Anthropology of Religion Magic and Witchcraft


  • Author : Rebecca Stein
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2017-05-08
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 310
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315532165

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The Anthropology of Religion Magic and Witchcraft Excerpt :

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.

The Anthropology of Religion  Magic  and Witchcraft    Pearson eText Book
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The Anthropology of Religion Magic and Witchcraft Pearson eText


  • Author : Rebecca L Stein
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-08-07
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317350217

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The Anthropology of Religion Magic and Witchcraft Pearson eText Excerpt :

This concise introductory textbook emphasizes the major concepts of both anthropology and the anthropology of religion. It is aimed at students encountering anthropology for the first time. Reviewers describe the text as vivid, rich, user-friendly, accessible, and well-organized. The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft examines religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective while incorporating key theoretical concepts. In addition to providing a basic overview of anthropology, including definition of key terms and exposure to ethnographies, the text exposes students to the varying complexity of world religions.

The Anthropology of Religion  Magic  and Witchcraft    Pearson eText Book

The Anthropology of Religion Magic and Witchcraft Pearson eText


  • Author : Rebecca L Stein
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-08-07
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317350200

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The Anthropology of Religion Magic and Witchcraft Pearson eText Excerpt :

This concise introductory textbook emphasizes the major concepts of both anthropology and the anthropology of religion. It is aimed at students encountering anthropology for the first time. Reviewers describe the text as vivid, rich, user-friendly, accessible, and well-organized. The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft examines religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective while incorporating key theoretical concepts. In addition to providing a basic overview of anthropology, including definition of key terms and exposure to ethnographies, the text exposes students to the varying complexity of world religions.

Magic  Witchcraft and the Otherworld Book

Magic Witchcraft and the Otherworld


  • Author : Susan Greenwood
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-08-02
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000181227

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Magic Witchcraft and the Otherworld Excerpt :

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.

Magic  Witchcraft  and Religion in the Media  Revised Second Edition  Book

Magic Witchcraft and Religion in the Media Revised Second Edition


  • Author : Liam D. Murphy
  • Publisher : Cognella Academic Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-08-18
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1516510968

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Magic Witchcraft and Religion in the Media Revised Second Edition Excerpt :

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 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.

Moral Power Book
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Moral Power


  • Author : Koen Stroeken
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN 10 : 1845457358

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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 ......

Magic Witchcraft and Religion  A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion Book

Magic Witchcraft and Religion A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion


  • Author : James Myers
  • Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education
  • Release Date : 2012-09-27
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 0078034949

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Magic Witchcraft and Religion A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion Excerpt :

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.

Anthropology and Religion Book

Anthropology and Religion


  • Author : Robert L. Winzeler
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 325
  • ISBN 10 : 9780759121898

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Drawing from ethnographic examples found throughout the world, this revised and updated text, hailed as the “best general text on religion in anthropology available,” offers an introduction to what anthropologists know or think about religion, how they have studied it, and how they interpret or explain it since the late 19th century.

Thinking with Demons Book

Thinking with Demons


  • Author : Stuart Clark
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 850
  • ISBN 10 : 0198208081

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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.

Religions in Practice Book

Religions in Practice


  • Author : John R. Bowen
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-08-07
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317344476

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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.

Religion and the Decline of Magic Book
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Religion and the Decline of Magic


  • Author : Keith Thomas
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2003-01-30
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 880
  • ISBN 10 : 9780141932408

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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.

Traditional Witchcraft and the Pagan Revival Book

Traditional Witchcraft and the Pagan Revival


  • Author : Suzanne Ruthven
  • Publisher : Moon Books
  • Release Date : 2013-08-30
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 189
  • ISBN 10 : 9781782791553

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Traditional Witchcraft and the Pagan Revival takes us on a journey into the past, along the highways and byways of our pagan heritage to discover when the different aspects of magical influence entered traditional witchcraft. It will appeal to everyone with an interest in magic, witchcraft and paganism - from grass roots to the more advanced levels of Wicca - who wish to learn more about the different traditions and their antecedents.

The Anthropology of Magic Book
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The Anthropology of Magic


  • Author : Susan Greenwood
  • Publisher : Berg
  • Release Date : 2009-11-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781847886415

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The Anthropology of Magic Excerpt :

Magic is arguably the least understood subject in anthropology today. Exotic and fascinating, it offers us a glimpse into another world but it also threatens to undermine the foundations of anthropology due to its supposed irrational and non-scientific nature. Magic has thus often been 'explained away' by social or psychological reduction. The Anthropology of Magic redresses the balance and brings magic, as an aspect of consciousness, into focus through the use of classic texts and cutting-edge research. Suitable for student and scholar alike, The Anthropology of Magic updates a classical anthropological debate concerning the nature of human experience. A key theme is that human beings everywhere have the potential for magical consciousness. Taking a new approach to some perennial topics in anthropology - such as shamanism, mythology, witchcraft and healing - the book raises crucial theoretical and methodological issues to provide the reader with an engaging and critical understanding of the dynamics of magic.

A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion Book
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A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion


  • Author : Michael Lambek
  • Publisher : Blackwell Publishing
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 620
  • ISBN 10 : 0631221131

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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.

Witchcraft and Magic Book

Witchcraft and Magic


  • Author : Helen A. Berger
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date : 2011-03-19
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812201253

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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 tr