Supernatural As Natural

Autor: Michael Winkelman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317343727
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This book provides a general introduction to the biological and evolutionary bases of religion and is suitable for introductory level courses in the anthropology and psychology of religion and comparative religion. Why did human ancestors everywhere adopt religious beliefs and customs? The presence and persistence of many religious features across the globe and time suggests that it is natural for humans to believe in the supernatural. In this new text, the authors explore both the biological and cultural dimensions of religion and the evolutionary origins of religious features.

Supernatural As Natural A Biocultural Approach To Religion

Autor: CTI Reviews
Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews
ISBN: 1467299693
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Facts101 is your complete guide to Supernatural as Natural, A Biocultural Approach to Religion. In this book, you will learn topics such as CONSCIOUSNESS AND SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES, RITUALIZED ANIMAL BEHAVIORS AND THE ROOTS OF RELIGIOSITY, THE ORIGINS OF SHAMANISM AND THE FLOWERING OF RELIGIOSITY, and THE ORIGINS AND FUNCTIONS OF RELIGIOUS HEALING plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

Shamanism

Autor: Michael Winkelman
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 031338181X
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This book examines shamanism from evolutionary and biological perspectives to identify the origins of shamanic healing in rituals that enhance individual and group function. * Written by an internationally recognized scholar on shamanism * Illustrates evidence of ancient shamanic practices * A bibliography provides current and historical sources on shamanism

Science And The World S Religions

Autor: Patrick McNamara
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 031338732X
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This trio of volumes contains essays that explore vital existential, moral, or metaphysical issues surrounding the relationship between the sciences and the world's religions.

Fate Fortune And Mysticism In The Peruvian Amazon

Autor: Marlene Dobkin de Rios
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1594779473
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A medical anthropologist’s account of fortune-telling and management of one’s own destiny in Peru • Explains the fortune-telling naipes cards and how Amazonian shamans use them to diagnose clients’ ills • Looks at the Sacred Mystical Order of Septrionism and its techniques for managing destiny While studying Amazonian shamans who use ayahuasca and Peruvian coastal healers who use mescaline cactus to treat psychological illness, Marlene Dobkin de Rios learned about the naipes cards--fortune-telling cards similar to the tarot used as part of the healers’ method of diagnosis. Immersing herself in their culture, she began telling fortunes with the naipes cards and was surprised by the intimacy it induced in the native people she was trying to study as well as the profoundly accurate results she encountered. Finding herself pulled further and further into Peruvian culture, in 1977 Dobkin de Rios was initiated into the sacred mystical order of Septrionismo, which emphasizes specific techniques--such as meditation, ritual, and reflection--to manage one’s future rather than depending solely on fate and fortune. Explaining how to use the naipes cards as well as examining the practices of the Septrionic Order, Dobkin de Rios explores her experiences with both traditions through the lens of her anthropological and psychological training, describing how these diverse encounters opened her mind to the powers of divination as well as taught her the means of directing her own destiny.

Altering Consciousness

Autor: Etzel Cardeña
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313383081
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This authoritative, multidisciplinary overview of altered states of consciousness (ASC) shows how their study is necessary to gain a fundamental understanding of human culture, history, and biology.

The Psychedelic Journey Of Marlene Dobkin De Rios

Autor: Marlene Dobkin de Rios
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1594778914
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A look inside almost half a century of pioneering research in the Amazon and Peru by a noted anthropologist studying hallucinogens, including ayahuasca • Reveals how ayahuasca successfully treats psychological and emotional disorders • Examines adolescent drug use from a cross-cultural perspective • Discusses the deleterious effects of drug tourism in the Amazon Ayahuasca is an alkaloid-rich psychoactive concoction indigenous to South America that has been employed by shamans for millennia as a spirit drug for divinatory and healing purposes. Although the late Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes was credited in the early 1950s as being the first to document the use of ayahuasca, other researchers, such as the distinguished anthropologist Marlene Dobkin de Rios, were responsible for furthering his findings and uncovering the curative capabilities of this amazing compound. The Psychedelic Journey of Marlene Dobkin de Rios presents the accumulated experience of de Rios’s 45 years of pioneering field studies in the area of hallucinogens in Peru and the Amazon. Her investigation into ayahuasca--which she undertook in collaboration with more than a dozen traditional Mestizo folk curanderos, shamans, and fellow ethnobotanists--focuses on the use of this revolutionary plant in the treatment of recalcitrant psychological and emotional disorders. She also shares some of her theories that prove that the ancient Maya used psychedelic plants as part of their religious rituals, thereby demonstrating the impact of plant psychedelics on human prehistory. In addition, Dobkin de Rios examines altered states of consciousness derived from the use of biofeedback and hypnosis and discusses her current work on the deleterious effects of drug tourism in the Amazon.

God Is Watching You

Autor: Dominic Johnson
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199895635
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The willingness to believe in some kind of payback or karma remains nearly universal. Retribution awaits those who commit bad deeds; rewards await those who do good. Johnson explores how this belief has developed over time, and how it has shaped the course of human evolution.

Icomm Interpersonal Concepts And Competencies

Autor: Roy Berko
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 9780742599635
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ICOMM: Interpersonal Concepts and Competencies, provides an integrated approach to the study of interpersonal communication. This accessibly written but authoritative text emphasizes the development of communication competencies, including skills, understanding of the theory and research that contextualizes the skills to make them relevant to learning, and the motivation to put the skills into practice. While incorporating many traditional intrapersonal and interpersonal topics found in current texts, the book is distinctive in that it offers a skills-based approach that is grounded in solid theory and research. Students will find that the text is written in a personal and friendly manner, stressing concepts, skills, and applications that should be an important part of their daily lives.

The Anthropology Of Religion Magic And Witchcraft

Autor: Rebecca Stein
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315532158
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This concise and accessible textbook introduces students to the anthropological study of religion. Stein and Stein examine religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective and expose students to the varying complexity of world religions. The chapters incorporate key theoretical concepts and a rich range of ethnographic material. The fourth edition of The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft offers: • increased coverage of new religious movements, fundamentalism, and religion and conflict/violence; • fresh case study material with examples drawn from around the globe; • further resources via a comprehensive companion website. This is an essential guide for students encountering anthropology of religion for the first time.