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  • Society of the Deadby Todd Ochoa

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 29.95

    In a riveting first-person account, Todd Ramón Ochoa explores Palo, a Kongo-inspired "society of affliction" that is poorly understood at the margins of Cuban popular religion. Narrated as an encounter with two teachers of Palo, the book unfolds on the outskirts of Havana as it recounts Ochoa's attempts to assimilate Palo praise of the dead. As he... more...

  • American Gurusby Arthur Versluis

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 72.99

    By the early twenty-first century, a phenomenon that once was inconceivable had become nearly commonplace in American society: the public spiritual teacher who neither belongs to, nor is authorized by a major religious tradition. From the Oprah Winfrey-endorsed Eckhart Tolle to figures like Gangaji and Adhyashanti, there are now countless spiritual... more...

  • Religion and Popular Culture in Americaby Bruce David Forbes; Jeffrey H. Mahan

    University of California Press 2005; US$ 28.95

    The connection between American popular culture and religion is the subject of this multifaceted and innovative collection. In fourteen lively essays whose topics range from the divine feminine in The Da Vinci Code to Madonna's "Like a Prayer," and from the world of sports to the ways in which cyberculture has influenced traditional religions, this... more...

  • Spirits, Blood and Drumsby James Houk

    Temple University Press 2010; US$ 32.95

    James Houk's field work in Trinidad and subsequent involvement in the Orisha religion allows him a uniquely intimate perspective on a complex and eclectic religion. Originating in Nigeria, Orisha combines elements of African religions (notably Yoruba), Catholicism, Hinduism, Protestantism Spiritual Baptist, and Kabbalah. A religion of spirits and... more...

  • Varieties of Southern Religious Experiencesby Samuel S. Hill

    LSU Press 1988; US$ 19.95

    Varieties of Southern Religious Experience reflects the central assumption that there has been a distinct South for a long time, and effectively and engagingly examines the genuine diversity of that region's religious history. more...

  • Gods of the Mississippiby Michael Pasquier

    Indiana University Press 2013; US$ 22.99

    From the colonial period to the present, the Mississippi River has impacted religious communities from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Exploring the religious landscape along the 2,530 miles of the largest river system in North America, the essays in Gods of the Mississippi make a compelling case for American religion in motion?not just from east... more...

  • Exploring the Spirit of Maineby Karen Batignani

    Down East Books 2005; US$ 9.99

    Exploring the Spirit of Maine is a unique travel guide and reference book for those seeking either traditional or non-traditional options for spiritual and/or inner development. Author Karen Batignani reveals Maine's rich and varied religious history along with contemporary spiritual offerings: an ashram in Industry, a yoga retreat in Island Falls,... more...

  • Truth in Motionby Martin Holbraad

    University of Chicago Press 2012; US$ 26.00

    Embarking on an ethnographic journey to the inner barrios of Havana among practitioners of Ifá, a prestigious Afro-Cuban tradition of divination, Truth in Motion reevaluates Western ideas about truth in light of the practices and ideas of a wildly different, and highly respected, model. Acutely focusing on Ifá, Martin Holbraad takes... more...

  • Ecstatic Encountersby Mattijs van de Port; Michael W. Hansen; Ido de Haan; Joel Cahen

    Amsterdam University Press 2011; US$ 49.95

    For over a hundred years, writers, artists, anthropologists and tourists have travelled to Bahia, Brazil, in search of the spirit possession cult called Candomblé. Thus, successive generations of cultists have seen a long, steady stream of curious outsiders coming to their temples with notebooks and cameras, questions and inquisitive gazes,... more...

  • Religion, Diaspora and Cultural Identityby J.W. Pulis

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 130.00

    Although the religions of the Caribbean have been a subject of popular media, there have been few ethnographic publications. This text is a much-needed and long overdue addition to Caribbean studies and the exploration of ideas, beliefs, and religious practices of Caribbean folk in diaspora and at home. Drawing upon ethnographic and historical research... more...