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The Origins of Religion

1st Edition

By Rafael Karsten


338 pages

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Paperback: 9781138641778
pub: 2017-09-13
Hardback: 9781138194755
pub: 2016-02-23

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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 Finno-Ugrian area, where Finnish and Russian ethnologists had brought to light a new body of facts which formed an important addition to our knowledge of religious life at an early stage of cultural development. This book is a key work in the study of comparative religion, and is an essential reference source on the origins of religion.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Primitive Religious Beliefs 1. Theories of the Origin of Religion 2. The Psychology of Primitive Man 3. Primitive Conception of the Soul 4. The Soul and Magical ‘Power’ 5. The Worship of Animals 6. The Worship of Plants 7. The Worship of Inanimate Nature 8. Totemism 9. Spirits, Demons, Ghosts 10. ‘Supreme Beings’ of Primitive Peoples Part 2. Religious Cult 11. The Origins of Ritual, Magic and Religion 12. Communion With the Spirit World 13. The Control of Spirits by Magical Means 14. Purification Ceremonies 15. Sacrifice 16. Prayer 17. Funeral and Mourning Customs

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