Ritual And Religion In The Making Of Humanity (Cambridge Studies In Social And Cultural Anthropology)
Brand: Cambridge University Press

Ritual And Religion In The Making Of Humanity (Cambridge Studies In Social And Cultural Anthropology)

  • Publish Date: 1999-03-28
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Roy A. Rappaport

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This book argues that religion can and must be reconciled with science. Combining adaptive and cognitive approaches, it is a comprehensive analysis of religion's evolutionary significance, and its inextricable interdependence with language. It is also a detailed study of religion's main component, ritual, which constructs the conceptions that we take to be religious and therefore central in the making of humanity's adaptation. The text amounts to a manual for effective ritual, illustrated by examples drawn from a range of disciplines.

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