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Vitality of Indigenous Religions


About the Series

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

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

1st Edition

By 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

By 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 ...

Caribbean Diaspora in the USA Diversity of Caribbean Religions in New York City

Caribbean Diaspora in the USA: Diversity of Caribbean Religions in New York City

1st Edition

By Bettina Schmidt
August 28, 2008

Caribbean Diaspora in the USA presents a new cultural theory based on an exploration of Caribbean religious communities in New York City. The Caribbean culture of New York demonstrates a cultural dynamism which embraces Spanish speaking, English speaking and French speaking migrants. All cultures ...

Critical Reflections on Indigenous Religions

Critical Reflections on Indigenous Religions

1st Edition

Edited By James L. Cox
December 01, 2016

The study of indigenous religions has become an important academic field, particularly since the religious practices of indigenous peoples are being transformed by forces of globalization and transcontinental migration. This book will further our understanding of indigenous religions by first ...

Religion and Non-Religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples

Religion and Non-Religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples

1st Edition

Edited By James L. Cox, Adam Possamai
April 28, 2016

Offering a significant contribution to the emerging field of 'Non-Religion Studies', Religion and Non-Religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples draws on Australian 2011 Census statistics to ask whether the Indigenous Australian population, like the wider Australian society, is becoming ...

African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa Emerging Trends, Indigenous Spirituality and the Interface with other World Religions

African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa: Emerging Trends, Indigenous Spirituality and the Interface with other World Religions

1st Edition

By Ezra Chitando, Afe Adogame
November 15, 2016

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 ...

Blackfoot Religion and the Consequences of Cultural Commoditization

Blackfoot Religion and the Consequences of Cultural Commoditization

1st Edition

By Kenneth Hayes Lokensgard
November 15, 2016

This book explores the exchange of Blackfoot "medicine bundles" within contemporary Blackfoot culture and between the Blackfoot Peoples and Euro-Americans. These ceremonial bundles, which are circulated as gifts in their native context, are robbed of their statuses as living beings or persons, ...

Anishinaabe Ways of Knowing and Being

Anishinaabe Ways of Knowing and Being

1st Edition

By Lawrence W. Gross
October 19, 2016

Very few studies have examined the worldview of the Anishinaabeg from within the culture itself and none have explored the Anishinaabe worldview in relation to their efforts to maintain their culture in the present-day world. This book fills that gap. Focusing mainly on the Minnesota Anishinaabeg...

Aboriginal Environmental Knowledge Rational Reverence

Aboriginal Environmental Knowledge: Rational Reverence

1st Edition

By Catherine Laudine
September 08, 2016

Whilst there are popular ideas about which champion Aboriginal environmental knowledge, many of these are based more on romantic notions than on any detailed understanding of what might be the content of this knowledge. This book is based on a grounded and broad assessment of less well known ...

The World Ayahuasca Diaspora Reinventions and Controversies

The World Ayahuasca Diaspora: Reinventions and Controversies

1st Edition

Edited By Beatriz Caiuby Labate, Clancy Cavnar, Alex K. Gearin
August 17, 2016

Ayahuasca is a psychoactive substance that has long been associated with indigenous Amazonian shamanic practices. The recent rise of the drink’s visibility in the media and popular culture, and its rapidly advancing inroads into international awareness, mean that the field of ayahuasca is quickly ...

Mi'kmaq Landscapes From Animism to Sacred Ecology

Mi'kmaq Landscapes: From Animism to Sacred Ecology

1st Edition

By Anne-Christine Hornborg
May 28, 2008

This book seeks to explore historical changes in the lifeworld of the Mi'kmaq Indians of Eastern Canada. The Mi'kmaq culture hero Kluskap serves as a key persona in discussing issues such as traditions, changing conceptions of land, and human-environmental relations. In order not to depict Mi'kmaq ...

Indigenous Symbols and Practices in the Catholic Church Visual Culture, Missionization and Appropriation

Indigenous Symbols and Practices in the Catholic Church: Visual Culture, Missionization and Appropriation

1st Edition

Edited By Kathleen J. Martin
February 08, 2010

Indigenous Symbols and Practices in the Catholic Church presents views, concepts and perspectives on the relationships among Indigenous Peoples and the Catholic Church, as well as stories, images and art as metaphors for survival in a contemporary world. Few studies present such interdisciplinary...

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