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The Beginnings of Religion

An introductory and Scientific Study, 1st Edition

By E.O. James


162 pages

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Paperback: 9781138641747
pub: 2017-08-03
Hardback: 9781138194557
pub: 2016-02-23

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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 a valuable, early attempt at explaining the beginnings of religion from a modern scientific viewpoint.

Table of Contents

1. The Sacred 2. Providence 3. Spirits, Ancestors and Gods 4. Sacrifice and Sacrament 5. Spell and Prayer 6. The Cult of the Dead and Immortality 7. Myth and Ritual

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Anthropology of Religion

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General