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Routledge Library Editions: Anthropology of Religion


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This collection of previously out-of-print titles brings togther some key texts from the early study of the anthropology of religion. An important reference collection, these books will prove invaluable to students of religion and anthropology.

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The Beginnings of Religion An introductory and Scientific Study

The Beginnings of Religion: An introductory and Scientific Study

1st Edition

By E.O. James
August 03, 2017

In this book, first published in 1948, an attempt has been made to provide an intelligible introduction to a somewhat complex aspect of scientific inquiry. And secondly, to construct a background of ‘primitive’ ritual and belief against which the more developed religions can be placed. This book is...

The Origins of Religion

The Origins of Religion

1st Edition

By Rafael Karsten
September 12, 2017

This book, first published in 1935, collects together material on the origins of religion from two very different sources. South America, where the author spent six years studying the religious beliefs and customs of several Indian tribes representing different stages of culture; and the ...

The Concept of Deity A Comparative and Historical Study. The Wilde Lectures in Natural and Comparative Religion in the University of Oxford

The Concept of Deity: A Comparative and Historical Study. The Wilde Lectures in Natural and Comparative Religion in the University of Oxford

1st Edition

By E.O. James
August 10, 2017

For good or ill, most, if not all, of the great institutions which have formed the framework of society have had their roots in the idea of Deity as a beneficent providential order of transcendental reality. In being handed down through countless generations the beliefs, concepts and customs have ...

Primitive Ritual and Belief An Anthropological Essay

Primitive Ritual and Belief: An Anthropological Essay

1st Edition

By E.O. James
August 10, 2017

This book, first published in 1917, investigates the rites and beliefs of people who had remained in a ‘primitive’ state of culture throughout the ages. Special attention was paid to the ritual and mythology of the Aborigines of Australia, in what was then some of the first studies of their beliefs....

The 'Soul' of the Primitive

The 'Soul' of the Primitive

1st Edition

By Lucien Lévy-Bruhl
August 10, 2017

The object of this book, first published in 1928, is a study of the ways in which those who were once called ‘primitives’ conceive of their own individuality. The author inquires into the notions they possess of their life-principle, their soul, and their personality, often encountering that many ...

When the Golden Bough Breaks Structuralism or Typology?

When the Golden Bough Breaks: Structuralism or Typology?

1st Edition

By Peter Munz
August 10, 2017

This original, provocative study, first published in 1973, presents a new method of interpretation of mythology, and reveals the wide-ranging implications of this universal phenomenon for many disciplines. The volume begins with a sympathetic but critical examination of Lévi-Strauss’s ...

Routledge Library Editions: Anthropology of Religion

Routledge Library Editions: Anthropology of Religion

1st Edition

By Various
February 23, 2016

This collection of previously out-of-print titles brings togther some key texts from the early study of the anthropology of religion. An important reference collection, these books will prove invaluable to students of religion and anthropology....

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