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Religious power assumes strikingly different forms, often regarded as unique and unrelated. Religion in Context, however, argues that these apparently contradictory experiences are part of a web of mutually sustaining elements. I.M. Lewis analyzes phenomena such as witchcraft, cannibalism, and shamanism, revealing connections among them and with the world religions. This expanded and updated edition illuminates critical aspects of religious power, and will be of value to anyone concerned with the nature of religion in the modern world.Read more
- Fully up-to-date and expanded version of a popular textbook on religion and society
- Illustrates the strengths of a comparative approach in social anthropology
- Offers a stimulating approach to controversial questions of belief and religious practice
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'The book, complete with punctilious notes for each chapter and a well selected bibliography, may serve as a stimulus for the thinking anthropologist as well as a valuable choice for the attentive reader.' Man
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- Date Published: May 1996
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521566346
- length: 216 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 137 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.25kg
- contains: 4 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Anthropological fieldwork and the context of belief
2. The spirit spider and the Pangolin
3. Possession cults in context
4. Witchcraft within and without
5. The cannibal's cauldron
6. The Shaman's career
7. Expelling spirits, controlling women
8. the power of the past: African 'survivals' in Islam
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