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Title:
Indigenous religions : a companion
Author:
Harvey, Graham.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Cassell, 2000.
Physical Description:
xii, 302 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The cosmos as intersubjective: Native American other-than-human persons / Kenneth M. Morrison -- Native womanism: exemplars of indigenism in sacred traditions of kinship / M.A. Jaimes Guerrero -- Shamanism / Piers Vitebsky -- Witchcraft and healing among the Bangwa of Cameroon / Fiona Bowie -- Rattray's request: spirit possession among the Bono of West Africa / Jan G. Platvoet -- Mana and tapu: sacred knowledge, sacred boundaries / Peter J. Mataira -- Magic, religion and secularity among the Azande and Nuer / Berel Dov Lerner -- The Dreaming in contemporary aboriginal Australia / Lynne Hume -- Ecology and religion in Karuk orientations toward the land / Sean M. Connors -- Art works in Aotearoa / Graham Harvey -- Music, art and movement among the Yoruba / Olu Taiwo -- The unweildy promise of ceremonies: the case of the Jakalteko Maya's dance of the conquest / Charles D. Thompson, Jr. -- Rites of passage among the Lohorung Rai of East Nepal / Charlotte E. Hardman -- Gifts for the sky people: animal sacrifice, head hunting and power among the Naga of Burma and Assam / Mark R. Woodward -- Characteristics of African indigenous religions in contemporary Zimbabwe / James L. Cox -- Spirituality, values and boundaries in the revitalization of a Mi'kmaq community / Raoul R. Andersen, John K. Crellin and Misel Joe -- Touching the past, teaching ways forward: the American Indian powwow / Teri Brewer.
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9780304704477

9780304704484
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Summary

Indigenous religions are the majority of the world's religions. This Companion shows how much they can contribute to a richer understanding of human identity, action and relationships. It also challenges their marginalization in the study of religions. An international team of contributors discuss representative indigenous religions from all continents in relation to significant themes. In the process they illustrate a variety of approaches to the study of religions. The Companion therefore provides a valuable resource and a provocation to a full consideration both of some of the most dynamic religions of the world and of ways in which they might be approached.


Author Notes

Graham Harvey is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at King Alfred's College, Winchester.


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Many religions besides the larger and widely known "world religions" are appropriately identified as "indigenous" and worthy of scholarly attention. These few chapters, drawing from studies in five continents by 19 authors, reflect the great diversity among such religions. An informative introductory chapter by editor Harvey (King Alfred's College, Winchester) is followed by three parts. Chapters in "Persons" focus on people, activities, and roles in different indigenous religions. Those in "Powers" discuss conditions that enable or constrain the ways people act in such religions. Part III is about gifts provided to people, through which the dangerous neutrality of power can be moderated. In any such collection, the variety of topics and number of authors may yield a wide range of quality in readability and treatment. That is much less problematic in this case than one might expect. The book is not presented as a definitive work but as a companion, a book that readers interested in indigenous religions will find informative and stimulating; it serves well that intent. It contains descriptive work, theoretical interpretations, case studies, and comparative essays. Recommended for general readers, upper-division undergraduates through faculty, researchers, and professionals. R. L. Herrick; emeritus, Westmar University


Table of Contents

Graham HarveyKenneth M. MorrisonM. A. Jaimes GuerreroPiers VitebskyFiona BowieJan G. PlatvoetPeter J. MatairaBerel Dov LernerLynne HumeSean M. ConnorsGraham HarveyOlu TaiwoCharles D. Thompson, Jr.Charlotte E. HardmanMark R. WoodwardJames L. CoxRaoul R. Andersen and John K. Crellin and Misel JoeTeri Brewer
Contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Part I Persons
1. The cosmos as intersubjective: Native American other-than-human personsp. 23
2. Native Womanism: Exemplars of indigenism in sacred traditions of kinshipp. 37
3. Shamanismp. 55
4. Witchcraft and healing among the Bangwa of Cameroonp. 68
5. Rattray's request: Spirit possession among the Bono of West Africap. 80
Part II Powers
6. Mana and tapu: Sacred knowledge, sacred boundariesp. 99
7. Magic, religion and secularity among the Azande and Nuerp. 113
8. The Dreaming in contemporary Aboriginal Australiap. 125
9. Ecology and religion in Karuk orientations toward the landp. 139
Part III Gifts
10. Art works in Aotearoap. 155
11. Music, art and movement among the Yorubap. 173
12. The unwieldy promise of ceremonies: The case of the Jakalteko Maya's Dance of the Conquestp. 190
13. Rites of passage among the Lohorung Rai of East Nepalp. 204
14. Gifts for the sky people: Animal sacrifice, head hunting and power among the Naga of Burma and Assamp. 219
15. Characteristics of African indigenous religions in contemporary Zimbabwep. 230
16. Spirituality, values and boundaries in the revitalization of a Mi'kmaq communityp. 243
17. Touching the past, teaching ways forward: The American Indian powwowp. 255
Bibliographyp. 269
Index of Subjectsp. 291
Index of Authorsp. 297
Index of Nations, Peoples and Groupsp. 301

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