Anthropology of Religion

Introducing Anthropology of Religion: Culture to the Ultimate

  • Author: Jack David Eller
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis (2007)
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 371
  • eISBN-10: 0203946243 (0415408954)
  • eISBN-13: 9780203946244
  • Format: PDF

Introducing Anthropology of Religion: Culture to the Ultimate is the ideal starting point for students beginning their studies of the anthropological study of religion. Jack David Eller, an experienced college teacher, introduces students to the key areas of the field and shows how to apply an anthropological approach to the study of contemporary world religions. This lively and readable survey covers all 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.

Using copious examples from religions from around the world—both familiar and unfamiliar—and two mini-case studies in each chapter, Eller 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.


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