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Vitality of Indigenous Religions


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Routledge's Vitality of Indigenous Religions series offers an exciting cluster of research monographs, drawing together volumes from leading international scholars across a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. Indigenous religions are vital and empowering for many thousands of indigenous peoples globally, and dialogue with, and consideration of, these diverse religious life-ways promises to challenge and refine the methodologies of a number of academic disciplines, whilst greatly enhancing understandings of the world.

This series explores the development of contemporary indigenous religions from traditional, ancestral precursors, but the characteristic contribution of the series is its focus on their living and current manifestations. Devoted to the contemporary expression, experience and understanding of particular indigenous peoples and their religions, books address key issues which include: the sacredness of land, exile from lands, diasporic survival and diversification, the indigenization of Christianity and other missionary religions, sacred language, and re-vitalization movements. Proving of particular value to academics, graduates, postgraduates and higher level undergraduate readers worldwide, this series holds obvious attraction to scholars of Native American studies, Maori studies, African studies and offers invaluable contributions to religious studies, sociology, anthropology, geography and other related subject areas.

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The Shamaness in Asia Gender, Religion and the State

The Shamaness in Asia: Gender, Religion and the State

1st Edition

Davide Torri, Sophie Roche
October 09, 2020

This book concentrates on female shamanisms in Asia and their relationship with the state and other religions, offering a perspective on gender and shamanism that has often been neglected in previous accounts. An international range of contributors cover a broad geographical scope, ranging from ...

Landscape, Ritual and Identity among the Hyolmo of Nepal

Landscape, Ritual and Identity among the Hyolmo of Nepal

1st Edition

Davide Torri
April 09, 2020

This book analyses the social, political and religious life of the Hyolmo people of Nepal. Highlighting patterns of change and adaptation, it addresses the Shamanic-Buddhist interface that exists in the animated landscape of the Himalayas. Opening with an analysis of the ethnic revival of Nepal, ...

Rethinking Relations and Animism Personhood and Materiality

Rethinking Relations and Animism: Personhood and Materiality

1st Edition

Miguel Astor-Aguilera, Graham Harvey
October 25, 2018

Personhood and relationality have re-animated debate in and between many disciplines. We are in the midst of a simultaneous "ontological turn", a "(re)turn to things" and a "relational turn", and also debating a "new animism". It is increasingly recognised that the boundaries between the "natural" ...

The Expanding World Ayahuasca Diaspora Appropriation, Integration and Legislation

The Expanding World Ayahuasca Diaspora: Appropriation, Integration and Legislation

1st Edition

Beatriz Caiuby Labate, Clancy Cavnar
February 22, 2018

During its expansion from the Amazon jungle to Western societies, ayahuasca use has encountered different legal and cultural responses. Following on from the earlier edited collection, The Expanding World Ayahuasca Diaspora continues to explore how certain alternative global religious groups, ...

Progress and Its Impact on the Nagas A Clash of Worldviews

Progress and Its Impact on the Nagas: A Clash of Worldviews

1st Edition

Tezenlo Thong
February 12, 2018

The term ’progress’ is a modern Western notion that life is always improving and advancing toward an ideal state. It is a vital modern concept which underlies geographic explorations and scientific and technological inventions as well as the desire to harness nature in order to increase human ...

Shamanism, Discourse, Modernity

Shamanism, Discourse, Modernity

1st Edition

Thomas Karl Alberts
February 12, 2018

Shamanism, Discourse, Modernity considers indigenous peoples’ struggles for human rights, anxieties about anthropocentric mastery of nature, neoliberal statecraft, and entrepreneurialism of the self. The book focuses on four domains - shamanism, indigenism, environmentalism and neoliberalism - in...

Aboriginal Religions in Australia An Anthology of Recent Writings

Aboriginal Religions in Australia: An Anthology of Recent Writings

1st Edition

Françoise Dussart, Howard Morphy, Max Charlesworth
September 14, 2017

Over the last 25 years there has been an explosion of interest in the Aboriginal religions of Australia and this anthology provides a variety of recent writings, by a wide range of scholars. Australian Aboriginal Religions are probably the oldest extant religious systems. Over some 50,000 years ...

Indigenous Diasporas and Dislocations

Indigenous Diasporas and Dislocations

1st Edition

Charles D. Thompson Jr., Graham Harvey
September 06, 2005

Indigenous religions are now present not only in their places of origin but globally. They are significant parts of the pluralism and diversity of the contemporary world, especially when their performance enriches and/or challenges host populations. Indigenous Diasporas and Dislocations engages ...

Indigenous Peoples' Wisdom and Power Affirming Our Knowledge Through Narratives

Indigenous Peoples' Wisdom and Power: Affirming Our Knowledge Through Narratives

1st Edition


November 11, 2016

Capturing the narratives of indigenes, this book presents a unique anthology on global Indigenous peoples' wisdoms and ways of knowing. Covering issues of religion, cultural self-determination, philosophy, spirituality, sacred sites, oppression, gender and the suppressed voices of women, the ...

The Vitality of Karamojong Religion Dying Tradition or Living Faith?

The Vitality of Karamojong Religion: Dying Tradition or Living Faith?

1st Edition

Ben Knighton
March 06, 2017

How long can a traditional religion survive the impact of world religions, state hegemony, and globalization? The ’Karamoja problem’ is one that has perplexed colonial and independent governments alike. Now Karamojong notoriety for armed cattle raiding has attracted the attention of the UN and ...

African Traditions in the Study of Religion, Diaspora and Gendered Societies

African Traditions in the Study of Religion, Diaspora and Gendered Societies

1st Edition

Ezra Chitando, Afe Adogame
February 27, 2017

The historiography of African religions and religions in Africa presents a remarkable shift from the study of 'Africa as Object' to 'Africa as Subject', thus translating the subject from obscurity into the global community of the academic study of religion. This book presents a unique ...

From Primitive to Indigenous The Academic Study of Indigenous Religions

From Primitive to Indigenous: The Academic Study of Indigenous Religions

1st Edition

James L. Cox
February 27, 2017

The academic study of Indigenous Religions developed historically from missiological and anthropological sources, but little analysis has been devoted to this classification within departments of religious studies. Evaluating this assumption in the light of case studies drawn from Zimbabwe, Alaska ...

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