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The Portugal Journal
The Portugal Journal (January 2010)
Mircea Eliade - Author
Mac Linscott Ricketts - Translated with a preface and notes by

The diary of Mircea Eliade, the seminal thinker on religion, during the period he served as a diplomat in Portugal.

Detailing a fascinating, hitherto unknown period in the life of one of the twentieth century's preeminent intellectuals, The Portugal Journal was written by Mircea Eliade from 1941-1945, when he served as a diplomat in Lisbon. Eliade's work as a theorist of religion has been the chief influence ...(Read More)
 
 
Sacred Play
Sacred Play (January 2010)
Ritual Levity and Humor in South Asian Religions
Selva J. Raj - Editor
Corinne G. Dempsey - Editor

Explores the significance of levity and humor in South Asian religious traditions.

Frivolity isn’t always frivolous—sometimes it can be sacred. Sacred Play uncovers levity and playfulness in a variety of South Asian traditions where one might least expect to find it: in the heart of ritual. While stories recounting the antics of various South Asian deities circulate widely, this enlighten...(Read More)
 
 
Religious Festive Practices in Boston's North End
Religious Festive Practices in Boston's North End (July 2009)
Ephemeral Identities in an Italian American Community
Augusto Ferraiuolo - Author

A comprehensive cultural and historical portrait of Italian American identities in Boston’s North End.

In this lively and accessible book, Augusto Ferraiuolo examines the many religious festivals in the Italian American community of Boston’s North End. Using interviews, participant observation, and visual data, Ferraiuolo creates a vivid picture of how, over the course of a summer season, a number of re...(Read More)
 
 
Tamil Geographies
Tamil Geographies (May 2008)
Cultural Constructions of Space and Place in South India
Martha Ann Selby - Editor
Indira Viswanathan Peterson - Editor

How perceptions of land and space influence social and aesthetic conditions in the Tamil region of India.

This interdisciplinary work explores how people in the Tamil region of India think about space and land, and how this, in turn, influences the creation of the social and aesthetic world they live in. Contributors focus on the notion of geography in its strictest sense, on verbal descriptions of land and space ...(Read More)
 
 
Sacred Koyasan
Sacred Koyasan (November 2007)
A Pilgrimage to the Mountain Temple of Saint Kobo Daishi and the Great Sun Buddha
Philip L. Nicoloff - Author

Takes the reader on a pilgrimage to Mount Kōya, the holy Buddhist mountain in Japan.

For more than one thousand years, the vast Buddhist monastery and temple complex on remote Mount Kōya has been one of Japan’s most important religious centers. Saint Kōbō Daishi (also known as Kūkai), founder of the esoteric Shingon school and one of the great figures of world Bud...(Read More)
 
 
The Encounter Never Ends
The Encounter Never Ends (August 2007)
A Return to the Field of Tamil Rituals
Isabelle Clark-Deces - Author

A reconsideration of the relationship between fieldwork and anthropological knowledge.

The Encounter Never Ends offers a thoughtful meditation on the relationship between fieldwork and anthropological knowledge through the analysis of Tamil ritual practice in a South Indian village. Isabelle Clark-Decès revisits field notes taken more than fifteen years earlier, and reveals what she intended wh...(Read More)

 
 
Women in Ochre Robes
Women in Ochre Robes (October 2003)
Gendering Hindu Renunciation
Meena Khandelwal - Author

Focuses on the lives of female Hindu ascetics and the significance of gender to the tradition of renunciation.

Meena Khandelwal offers an engaging and intimate portrait of extraordinary Hindu women in India who wear "ochre robes," signifying their renunciation of marriage and family for lives of celibacy, asceticism, and spiritual discipline. While the largely male Hindu ascetic tradition of sannyasa rend...(Read More)

 
 
Making Virtuous Daughters and Wives
Making Virtuous Daughters and Wives (November 2002)
An Introduction to Women's Brata Rituals in Bengali Folk Religion
June McDaniel - Author

An exploration of Hindu women’s folk religion focusing on goddess worship and women’s rituals.

Exploring the folk religion of India and the role of girls and women within it, author June McDaniel focuses on the brata (vrata) ritual in which moral lessons are taught and goddesses are revealed. Bratas are performed to gain such goals as a healthy family, a good husband, and a happy life. They are also...(Read More)
 
 
The Solidarity of Kin
The Solidarity of Kin (August 2002)
Ethnohistory, Religious Studies, and the Algonkian-French Religious Encounter
Kenneth M. Morrison - Author

Using the example of the Eastern Algonkians, this book argues that Native Americans did not convert to Christianity, but rather made sense of Christianity in their own traditional ways and for their own social purposes.

Arguing that Native Americans’ religious life and history have been misinterpreted, author Kenneth M. Morrison reconstructs the Eastern Algonkians’ world views, demonstrates the indigenous modes of ration...(Read More)
 
 
Religions and Cultures
Religions and Cultures (January 2002)
First International Conference of Mediterraneum
Adriana Destro - Editor
Mauro Pesce - Editor

Synthesis of Mediterraneum’s first seminar.

On May 28, 1995, at Bertinoro, the town where the great commentator of the Mishrah, Ovadiah, once lived, scholars from various prestigious universities founded Mediterraneum

Mediterraneum is a network of eight European and Mediterranean universities for the comparative study of Judaism, Christianity, and Isl...(Read More)
 
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