315p., Index, 25 cm. (Encyclopaedia of Anthropology Series)
CONTENTS:- 1. The origin of religion; 2. Social development of religion; 3. The soul; 4. Science and religion in anthropology; 5. Magic and religion; 6. Hinduism; 7. Anthropological study in Buddhist communities; 8. Islam; 9. Studies of ritual: an overview; 10. Rituals in Indian culture; 11. Ritual in Japanese culture; 12. Rituals in American Indian culture; 13. Rituals in African society; 14. Altered States of Consciousness (ASC); 15. Biogenetic theory; 16. Shamanism and religion; 17. Theories in religion; 18. Self and religion.
This book presents of the origin and nature of religioun. The view point taken in this book is that religion has built up through activities which apeared in primitive social group, activities which were either spontaneous or playful or which appeared with reference to meeting various practical needs of life. This book takes the reader throug various phases of religion from early societies to modern times. Various religions have been dealt with starting from their beginning to their development in modern times. All the topics are described in detail. This volume attempts to describe religious Anthropology in its length and breadth in a lucid manner.