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Christ Returns from the Jungle
Christ Returns from the Jungle (June 2021)
Ayahuasca Religion as Mystical Healing
Marc G. Blainey - Author

An in-depth, ethnographic study of the transnational expansion of Santo Daime, a mystical religious tradition organized around sacramental ingestion of the mind-altering ayahuasca beverage.

After more than 450 years of European intrusions into South America’s rainforest, small groups of people across Europe now gather discreetly to participate in Amazonian ceremonies their local go...(Read More)
 
 
Native Foodways
Native Foodways (March 2021)
Indigenous North American Religious Traditions and Foods
Michelene E. Pesantubbee - Editor
Michael J. Zogry - Editor

Explores the interplay of religion and food in Native American cultures.

Native Foodways is the first scholarly collection of essays devoted exclusively to the interplay of Indigenous religious traditions and foodways in North America. Drawing on diverse methodologies, the essays discuss significant confluences in selected examples of these religious traditions and f...(Read More)
 
 
Words of Destiny
Words of Destiny (March 2021)
Practicing Astrology in North India
Caterina Guenzi - Author

Investigates the professional practices of astrologers in urban India and their popularity among the educated middle and upper classes.

Astrologers and astrology play an important role in Indian society, but there are very few studies on their social identity and professional practices. Based on extensive fieldwork carried out in the city of Banaras, Words of Destiny shows how the ...(Read More)
 
 
Till Kingdom Come
Till Kingdom Come (January 2021)
Medieval Hinduism in the Modern Himalaya
Lokesh Ohri - Author

The first book to offer a detailed framework, a fine-grained history, and an analytically nuanced understanding of one of the rarest branches of Hindu worship.

Hinduism, as is well known, has taken a multitude of shapes and forms. Some Hindu “little traditions” have remained obscure or understudied to this day due to their regional remoteness. One such offshoot is the influential ...(Read More)
 
 
Personal Religion and Spiritual Healing
Personal Religion and Spiritual Healing (February 2019)
The Panacea Society in the Twentieth Century
Alastair Lockhart - Author

A unique historical study of the personal nature of religion, spirituality, and healing in the twentieth century based on the letters of ordinary people from around the world.

The Panacea Society was a small religious community of women that was established in England in the early twentieth century. They followed the early nineteenth-century mystic Joanna Southcott, as well other ...(Read More)
 
 
Religious Journeys in India
Religious Journeys in India (September 2018)
Pilgrims, Tourists, and Travelers
Andrea Marion Pinkney - Editor
John Whalen-Bridge - Editor

Explores how religious travel in India is transforming religious identities and self-constructions.

In an increasingly global world where convenient modes of travel have opened the door to international and intraregional tourism and brought together people from different religious and ethnic communities, religious journeying in India has become the site of evolving and often parad...(Read More)
 
 
Protestant Christianity in the Indian Diaspora
Protestant Christianity in the Indian Diaspora (February 2018)
Abjected Identities, Evangelical Relations, and Pentecostal Visions
Robbie B. H. Goh - Author

Captures how Indian Protestant Christians negotiate their religious and cultural identities within the Indian diaspora.

This is the first comprehensive study of Protestant Christian religious identities in the Indian diaspora. Using qualitative interview methods, Robbie B. H. Goh captures the experiences of Indian Protestants in ten different countries and regions, describing how Indian communal Christian identities are negotia...(Read More)
 
 
Cambodian Buddhism in the United States
Cambodian Buddhism in the United States (September 2017)
Carol A. Mortland - Author

The first comprehensive anthropological description of the Khmer Buddhism practiced by Cambodian refugees in the United States over the past four decades.

Cambodian Buddhism in the United States is the first comprehensive anthropological study of Khmer Buddhism as practiced by Khmer refugees in the United States. Based on research conducted at Khmer temples and sites throughout the country over a period of three and a ha...(Read More)
 
 
Vernacular Catholicism, Vernacular Saints
Vernacular Catholicism, Vernacular Saints (April 2017)
Selva J. Raj on "Being Catholic the Tamil Way"
Reid B. Locklin - Editor

Finalist 2018 Best Book in Hindu-Christian Studies, presented by the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies

A collection of Raj’s groundbreaking ethnographic studies of “vernacular” Catholic traditions in Tamil Nadu, India.

At the turn of the twenty-first century, Selva J. Raj (1952–2008) was one of the most important scholars of popul...(Read More)
 
 
Diversity of Sacrifice
Diversity of Sacrifice (June 2016)
Form and Function of Sacrificial Practices in the Ancient World and Beyond
Carrie Ann Murray - Editor

Explores sacrificial practices across a range of contexts from prehistory to the present.

The term "sacrifice" belies what is a complex and varied transhistorical and transcultural phenomenon. Bringing together scholars from such diverse fields as anthropology, archaeology, epigraphy, literature, and theology, Diversity of Sacrifice explores sacrificial practices across a range of contexts from p...(Read More)
 
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