By Robert L. Winzeler
Drawing from ethnographic examples came across through the international, this revised and up to date textual content bargains an creation to what anthropologists comprehend or take into consideration faith, how they've got studied it, and the way they've got interpreted or defined it because the overdue 19th century. Robert Winzeler’s balanced attention of vintage subject matters, simple recommendations, and new advancements within the anthropological learn of faith strikes past cultural anthropology and ethnography to collect details from actual anthropology, prehistory, and archaeology. Written as a worldly yet obtainable remedy of the problems, Anthropology and Religion is a key textual content for upper-division classes.
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Religion Here and There 33 To the extent that Tylor is correct we should not expect to find that religion and morality are closely associated beyond Christianity and the other world religions. But Tylor’s claim has long been controversial. Some anthropologists familiar with indigenous religions have expressed agreement with him, either in general terms or in specific ethnographic accounts, while others have taken the opposite view. Malinowski (1935), a founder of modern British social anthropology who wrote famous accounts of magic, science, and religion, held that Tylor was wrong and that morality was always closely connected with religion, although he discussed the matter in generally abstract terms rather than in specific examples that make his argument less than clear.
In my experience in Southeast Asia, this term is often used by local persons without negative prejudice, for families as well as villages may contain some members who are Christian and some who are not. However, Westerners are likely to be uncomfortable with this term, regard it as pejorative (as it was generally intended to be by those who introduced it), and not wish to use it unless they do so negatively. Indigenous tribal peoples normally lack a term for persons who are not converts to an introduced religion or who continue to follow traditional beliefs and 24 Chapter 2 practices.
Polk, Jones, Hernández, and Ronelli 2005, 112) In modern urban Los Angeles, practical religion among Latin American immigrants seems to be as fully and richly developed as anywhere in the world. The general range of concerns and needs it embodies is much the same as those to be found anywhere else, although some things vary according to cultural traditions and local circumstances. On the one hand, rituals or petitions to make the crops grow are not common in urban areas where people are not farmers but farm laborers.
Anthropology and religion : what we know, think, and question by Robert L. Winzeler