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An Introduction to the History of Religion (Routledge Revivals)

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ISBN 9781138815063
Published February 4, 2016 by Routledge
454 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1902, this book investigates the history and development of early religion from an anthropological perspective. Rather than dealing with religions that grew from the teachings of their original founders, such as Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism, Jevons considers those religions that were practised as a matter of custom and tradition. The title considers such subjects as the supernatural, life and death, animal sacrifice, and the worship of nature. It provides an introduction to the history of religion for students of religion, anthropology and folklore.

Table of Contents

1. Introductory  2. Outline of the Argument  3. The Supernatural  4. Sympathetic Magic  5. Life and Death  6. Taboo: Its Transmissibilit y 7. Things Taboo  8. Taboo, Morality, and Religion  9. Totemism  10. Survivals of Totemism  11. Animal Sacrifice: The Altar  12. Animal Sacrifice: The Sacrificial Meal  13. Fetishism  14. Family Gods and Guardian Spirits  15. Ancestor-Worship  16. Tree and Plant Worship  17. Nature Worship  18. Syncretism and Polytheism  19. Mythology  20. Priesthood  21. The Next Life  22. The Transmigration of Souls  23. The Mysteries  24. The Eleusinian Mysteries  25. Monotheism  26. The Evolution of Belief;  Index

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