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An Anthropological Perspective


H. Sidky

Religion: An Anthropological Perspective provides a critical view of religion focusing upon important but overlooked topics such as religion, cognition, and prehistory; science, rationality, and religion; altered states of consciousness, entheogens and religious experience; religion and the paranormal; magic and divination; religion and ecology; fundamentalism; and religion and violence. In addition, this book offers a unique and concise coverage of traditional topics of the anthropology of religion such as shamanism and witchcraft (past and present), ritual, myth, religious symbols, and revitalization movements. A vast range of findings from ethnography, ethnology, cultural anthropology, archaeology, prehistory, history, and cognitive science are brought to bear on the subject. Written in clear jargon-free prose, this book provides an accessible and comprehensive yet critical view of the anthropology of religion both for graduate and undergraduate students and general audiences. Its scope and critical scientific orientation sets Religion: An Anthropological Perspective apart from all other treatments of the subject.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Sidky, H. Religion: an anthropological perspective / H. Sidky. pages cm. — (American University studies VII. Theology and religion; vol. 348) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Anthropology of religion. I. Title. GN470.S53 306.6—dc23 2014042557 ISBN 978-1-4331-2917-9 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4539-1486-1 (e-book) ISSN 0740-0446

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Cover image: Lord Shiva, Chamundi Temple, Himachel Pradesh, India (Photo by H. Sidky)

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