Religion, Cognition and Culture

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The series explores the role of religion and culture in cognitive formation and brings together methods, theories and approaches from the humanities, psychology, and the social, cognitive and neurosciences.

  • The Burning Saints: Cognition and Culture in the Fire-walking Rituals of the Anastenaria book cover

    The Burning Saints

    Cognition and Culture in the Fire-walking Rituals of the Anastenaria, 1st Edition

    By Dimitris Xygalatas

    The Anastenaria are Orthodox Christians in Northern Greece who observe a unique annual ritual cycle focused on two festivals, dedicated to Saint Constantine and Saint Helen. The festivals involve processions, music, dancing, animal sacrifices, and culminate in an electrifying fire-walking ritual.…

    Paperback – 2017-06-07
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    Religion, Cognition and Culture

  • Origins of Religion, Cognition and Culture book cover

    Origins of Religion, Cognition and Culture

    1st Edition

    Edited by Armin W. Geertz

    Attempts to understand the origins of humanity have raised fundamental questions about the complex relationship between cognition and culture. Central to the debates on origins is the role of religion, religious ritual and religious experience. What came first: individual religious (ecstatic)…

    Hardback – 2013-09-26
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    Religion, Cognition and Culture

  • Mental Culture: Classical Social Theory and the Cognitive Science of Religion book cover

    Mental Culture

    Classical Social Theory and the Cognitive Science of Religion, 1st Edition

    Edited by Dimitris Xygalatas, William McCorkle

    Why is the set of human beliefs and behaviours that we call "religion" such a widespread feature of all known human societies, past and present, and why are there so many forms of religiosity found throughout history and culture? "Mental Culture" brings together an international range of scholars&…

    Paperback – 2013-08-01
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    Religion, Cognition and Culture

  • Religion as Magical Ideology: How the Supernatural Reflects Rationality book cover

    Religion as Magical Ideology

    How the Supernatural Reflects Rationality, 1st Edition

    By Konrad Talmont-Kaminski

    'Religion as Magical Ideology' examines the relationship between rationality and supernatural beliefs arguing that such beliefs are products of evolution, cognition and culture. The book does not offer a false rapprochement between reason and religion; instead, it explores their interrelationship…

    Hardback – 2013-04-30
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    Religion, Cognition and Culture

  • Past Minds: Studies in Cognitive Historiography book cover

    Past Minds

    Studies in Cognitive Historiography, 1st Edition

    Edited by Luther H Martin, Jesper Sørensen

    How do historians understand the minds, motivations, intentions of historical agents? What might evolutionary and cognitive theorizing contribute to this work? What is the relation between natural and cultural history? Historians have been intrigued by such questions ever since publication in 1859…

    Paperback – 2011-09-30
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    Religion, Cognition and Culture

  • Religious Narrative, Cognition and Culture: Image and Word in the Mind of Narrative book cover

    Religious Narrative, Cognition and Culture

    Image and Word in the Mind of Narrative, 1st Edition

    By Armin W. Geertz, Jeppe Sinding Jensen

    'Religious Narrative, Cognition and Culture' brings together some of the world's leading scholars in the fields of cognitive science and comparative religion. The essays range across diverse fields: the neurological processes and possible genetic foundations of how language emerged; the possible…

    Paperback – 2011-05-01
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    Religion, Cognition and Culture