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This comparative study of African religion and psychology deals with the idea of the soul and the spiritual powers of man and animals in West African belief. Based on personal research and anthropological study, it covers most of the coast and hinterland from the Ivory Coast to Eastern Nigeria.
In the 1994 U. of Minnesota Press edition, Matory anthropology, African and African American studies, Harvard U. proposed a "new politics of ethnography" that recognizes the unique gendered social relationships of each culture. In a new preface to this reprint, he argues that "sex" is more culturally than genetically constructed....
Describes the beliefs of the religious groups among the Oglala Lakota: traditional Lakota religion; the Native American Church; and the Body of Christ Independent Church. Steinmetz discusses the interdynamics of pipe, Bible and peyote, and offers a model for understanding Oglala religious identity.
They come to our aid when we least expect it, and they disappear as soon as their work is done. We all regularly receive messages from our guardian angels and spirit guides but usually fail to recognize them. This book aims to help the reader to realize when this occurs.
This is a study of the Nuer examining indigenous African prophets operating outside the context of the world's main religions. It promotes collaboration and dialogue between the disciplines of anthropology and history.
Makes available for the generation of readers two key works on hero myths: Otto Rank's "Myth of the Birth of the Hero" and Lord Raglan's "The Hero". In his introduction to this selection from Rank, Raglan, and others, the author charts the history of theorizing about hero myths and compares...