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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)
 
 
Confucianism, A Habit of the Heart
Confucianism, A Habit of the Heart (March 2016)
Bellah, Civil Religion, and East Asia
Philip J. Ivanhoe - Editor
Sungmoon Kim - Editor

Employs Robert Bellah’s notion of civil religion to explore East Asia’s Confucian revival.

Can Confucianism be regarded as a civil religion for East Asia? This book explores this question, bringing the insights of Robert Bellah to a consideration of various expressions of the contemporary Confucian revival. Bellah identified American civil religion as a religious dimension of life that can be found throughout US cult...(Read More)
 
 
Buddhism beyond Borders
Buddhism beyond Borders (June 2015)
New Perspectives on Buddhism in the United States
Scott A. Mitchell - Editor
Natalie E. F. Quli - Editor

FINALIST 2015 ForeWord INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in the Religion Category
Explores facets of North American Buddhism while taking into account the impact of globalization and increasing interconnectivity.

Buddhism beyond Borders provides a fresh consideration of Buddhism in the American context. It includes both...(Read More)
 
 
Figuring Religions
Figuring Religions (March 2013)
Comparing Ideas, Images, and Activities
Shubha Pathak - Editor

Offers new ways of comparing features of the world’s religions.

Figuring Religions offers new ways of comparing prominent features of the world’s religions. Comparison has been at the heart of religious studies as a modern academic discipline, but comparison can be problematic. Scholars of religion have been faulted for ignoring or reinterpreting differences to create a universal paradigm. ...(Read More)
 
 
Becoming an Ancestor
Becoming an Ancestor (November 2011)
The Isthmus Zapotec Way of Death
Anya Peterson Royce - Author

A striking look at the death rituals of an indigenous community in North America.

Powerful and beautifully written, this is the story of the Isthmus Zapotecs of southern Mexico and their unbroken chain of ancestors and collective memory over the generations. Mortuary beliefs and actions are collective and pervasive in ways not seen in the United States, a resonant deep structure across many domains of Zapotec culture.

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The Politics of Spirit
The Politics of Spirit (December 2010)
Phenomenology, Genealogy, Religion
Tim Murphy - Author

A critical look at the development of the phenomenological approach to the study of religion, revealing its evaluative and metaphysical concepts.

A penetrating critique of the dominant approach to the study of religion, The Politics of Spirit explores the historical and philosophical scaffolding of the phenomenology of religion. Although this approach purports to give a value-free, neutral description...(Read More)
 
 
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)
 
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