Mama Lola

Author: Karen McCarthy Brown
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520925397
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Karen McCarthy Brown's classic book shatters stereotypes of Vodou by offering an intimate portrait of African-based religion in everyday life. She explores the importance of women's religious practices along with related themes of family and of social change. Weaving several of her own voices--analytic, descriptive, and personal--with the voices of her subjects in alternate chapters of traditional ethnography and ethnographic fiction, Brown presents herself as a character in Mama Lola's world and allows the reader to evaluate her interactions there. Startlingly original, Brown's work endures as an important experiment in ethnography as a social art form rooted in human relationships. A new preface, epilogue, bibliography, and a collection of family photographs tell the story of the effect of the book's publication on Mama Lola's life.

Traveling Spirits

Author: Gertrud Hüwelmeier
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135224153
Format: PDF, ePub
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Maintaining and forging religious networks across borders have long been part of migrants' activities. However, due to the wide availability of communication technologies and the reduced costs of transportation, transnational social practices, including religious activities, have witnessed an enormous intensification in the last few decades around the world. Traveling Spirits seeks to understand these processes by investigating how religion goes global. How do religious agents create and maintain transborder connections? In what way are religious practices being transformed, reinforced or newly invented when transported to different places around the world? How are power relations negotiated within transnational religious networks? How are processes of coming and going linked to religious practices and discourses? The book’s contributors provide rich ethnographic case studies on mobile evangelists, moving spirit mediums, and traveling believers. They analyze the relationship between global, regional, national, local and individual religious processes by centering on economic activities, media representations, or politics of emplacement. Grounded firmly in cross-cultural comparison, this book contributes significantly to the literature on globalization, migration and transnational religion.

The Devil s Children

Author: Jean La Fontaine
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317035925
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A number of cases of serious child abuse have resulted from beliefs that children may be possessed by evil spirits and may then be given the power to bewitch others. Misfortune, failure, illness and even death may be blamed on them. The 'cure', nowadays called deliverance rather than exorcism, is to expel the spirits, sometimes by violent means. This book draws together contributions on aspects of possession and witchcraft from leading academics and expert practitioners in the field. It has been put together following conferences held by Inform, a charity that provides accurate information on new religions as a public service. There is no comparable information publicly available; this book is the first of its kind. Eileen Barker, founder of Inform, introduces the subject and Inform's Deputy Director goes on to detail the requests the charity has answered in recent years on the subject of children, possession and witchcraft. This book offers an invaluable resource for readers, whether academic or practitioner - particularly those in the fields of the safeguarding of children, and their education, health and general welfare.

Der Weg des Schamanen

Author: Michael Harner
Publisher: Ansata
ISBN: 3641071933
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Dieses berühmte, zeitlose Grundlagenwerk von Michael Harner enthält alle wichtigen Informationen über den Schamanismus und seine praktische Anwendung. Der Autor versteht es dabei meisterhaft, dem westlichen Leser die jahrtausendealten Heiltechniken verschiedener schamanischer Kulturen ebenso spannend wie verständlich nahe zu bringen. Er erklärt, was Schamanismus bedeutet und beschreibt ausführlich die Methoden, mit denen jeder in einen Bewusstseinszustand gelangen kann, der in eine andere Wirklichkeit führt. Ein praktischer Weg, gerade für den modernen Menschen, um die eigene Schamanenkraft zu entdecken und diese für ein bewusstes, gesundes und glückliches Leben zu nutzen.

Erl sendes Lachen

Author: Peter L. Berger
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110359049
Format: PDF, Docs
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Humor, both ubiquitous and contextual, is a very specific and thus fragile element of the expression of human thought. In this volume, Peter L. Berger examines the nature of the comical and its relationship to other human experiences. Initially published in 1997, the second edition includes a new preface, including observations by Berger about the relationship between modernity and humor.