Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions Faith and Culture across History 2 volumes

Author: Susan de-Gaia
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440848505
Format: PDF, Docs
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This reference offers reliable knowledge about women's diverse faith practices throughout history and prehistory, and across cultures. • Offers nearly 300 reference articles by international scholars of religion, women, and history • Provides an overview of the religious experiences of women across time, faiths, and cultures • Devotes sections to particular religious traditions to provide information about the role of women and the feminine devine within those faiths • Presents reference information about the experiences of women within religions • Directs the user to additional resources via suggestions for further reading and an end-of-work bibliography

Food Feasts and Faith An Encyclopedia of Food Culture in World Religions 2 volumes

Author: Paul Fieldhouse
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610694120
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An indispensable resource for exploring food and faith, this two-volume set offers information on food-related religious beliefs, customs, and practices from around the world. • Provides up-to-date factual information, introduces concepts of food as being more than just nutrients, and enables an understanding of diverse religious traditions and the importance of food in people's lives • Includes coverage of less well-known rituals and religions that are often skipped in world religion texts • Presents material in a way that is accessible to readers without previous exposure to, or command of, sociological or anthropological language and concepts

The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions

Author: Patrick Taylor
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252094336
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions is the definitive reference for Caribbean religious phenomena from a Caribbean perspective. Generously illustrated, this landmark project combines the breadth of a comparative approach to religion with the depth of understanding of Caribbean spirituality as an ever-changing and varied historical phenomenon. Organized alphabetically, entries examine how Caribbean religious experiences have been shaped by and have responded to the processes of colonialism and the challenges of the postcolonial world. Systematically organized by theme and area, the encyclopedia considers religious traditions such as Vodou, Rastafari, Sunni Islam, Sanatan Dharma, Judaism, and the Roman Catholic and Seventh-day Adventist churches. Detailed subentries present topics such as religious rituals, beliefs, practices, specific historical developments, geographical differences, and gender roles within major traditions. Also included are entries that address the religious dimensions of geographical territories that make up the Caribbean. Representing the culmination of more than a decade of work by the associates of the Caribbean Religions Project, The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions will foster a greater understanding of the role of religion in Caribbean life and society, in the Caribbean diaspora, and in wider national and transnational spaces.

Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work

Author: Melissa Hope Ditmore
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0313329680
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This major 2-volume set is the first to treat in an inclusive reference what is usually considered a societal failing and the underside of sexuality and economic survival.

Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body 2 volumes

Author: Victoria Pitts-Taylor
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1567206913
Format: PDF
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Pop culture and the media today are saturated with the focus on the aesthetics of the human body. Magazines and infotainment shows speculate whether this or that actress had breast implants or a nose job. Americans are not just focusing on celebrities but on themselves too and today have unprecedented opportunities to rework what nature gave them. One can now drop in to have cosmetic surgery at the local mall. Contemplating the superficial nature of it all grows tiresome, and pop culture vultures and students can get a better fix for their fascination with the body beautiful through the cultural insight provided in this amazing set. Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body is a treasure trove of essays that explore the human body alphabetically by part, detailing practices and beliefs from the past and present and from around the world that are sometimes mind-blowing and eye-popping. Body parts are examined through a multifaceted cultural lens. Readers will explore how the parts are understood, what they mean to disparate societies, how they are managed, treated, and transformed, and how they are depicted and represented. The entries draw from many disciplines that are concerned to some degree or another with human bodies, including anthropology archeology, sociology, religion, political history, philosophy, art history, literary studies, and medicine. The encyclopedia proffers information on a number of cultures, tribes, and customs from East and West. Ancient practices to the latest fad, which in fact might continue ancient practices, are illuminated. Other considerations that arise in the essays include comparisons among cultures, the changing perceptions of the body, and issues of race, gender, religion, community and belonging, ethnicity, power structures, human rights.

Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines 2 volumes

Author: Patricia Monaghan
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313349908
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This two-volume set provides a comprehensive guide to the vast array of feminine divine figures found throughout the world. • Coverage of thousands of goddesses describe their myths and images, as well as how they were honored by their worshipers • Organization by region permits in-depth study of specific religious traditions • Includes 40 line drawings by renowned mythic artist Hrana Janto, based on original works from various cultures • Extensive bibliographies on each of the 30 cultures represented draw from the fields of classics, anthropology, folklore, literature, and psychology

Encyclopedia of American Women and Religion 2nd Edition 2 volumes

Author: June Melby Benowitz
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440839875
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This two-volume set examines women's contributions to religious and moral development in America, covering individual women, their faith-related organizations, and women's roles and experiences in the broader social and cultural contexts of their times. • Introduces readers to hundreds of women who became leaders within various religious faiths and denominations, including many who founded religious sects and organizations • Provides an understanding of women's developing roles in American religious culture, which continue to the present day • Enables readers to gain an understanding of the broad range of religions, approaches to religion, and attitudes toward religion in the United States • Documents how life's experiences can shape one's spiritual life and future development • Includes a timeline of the issues facing women that marks changing societal attitudes and individual women's accomplishments across history

Religion and American Cultures

Author: Gary Laderman
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 157607238X
Format: PDF
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Looks at religious diversity in the United States from mainstream faiths to Wicca and Zen, discussing faith, religious practices, traditions, and history of religions.