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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Encyclopedia of Religion in American Politicsby Jeffrey Schultz; John West; Iain Maclean

    ABC-CLIO 1998; US$ 138.95

    Today, such issues as abortion, capital punishment, sex education, racism, prayer in public schools, and family values keep religion and politics closely entwined in American public life. This encyclopedia is an A-to-Z listing of a broad range of topics related to religious issues and politics, ranging from the religious freedom sought by the Pilgrims... more...

  • American Civil Religionby Gary Laderman

    Fortress Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    Fortress Press?s first original eTextbook traces the intersection of religion, politics, and society with a focus on civil religion as a long-standing and still relevant aspect of American culture. Tracing the contemporary landscape in America, this work also reveals how deeply rooted this kind of religious culture is in American history. The... more...

  • Ranking Faithsby James D. Davidson; Ralph E. Pyle

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2011; US$ 48.99

    Ranking Faiths: Religious Stratification in America discusses how religion shapes access to power, privilege, and prestige in the U.S., both historically and today. Dispelling the idea that the U.S. was founded on the principle of religious equality for all, the authors show how religious inequalities developed, where they remain in society today,... more...

  • Across Bordersby Joerg Rieger; Nestor O. Miguez; Michelle A. Gonzalez; Jung Mo Sung; Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre; Nancy Elizabeth Bedford

    Lexington Books 2013; US$ 64.99

    In this volume prominent Latin American and U.S. Latino/a scholars of theology and religion work together to present insights into the latest developments of their fields in the tensions between North and South in the Americas. more...

  • Ritual and Memoryby Harvey Whitehouse; James Laidlaw

    AltaMira Press 2004; US$ 36.99

    Ethnographers of religion have created a vast record of religious behavior from small-scale non-literate societies to globally distributed religions in urban settings. So a theory that claims to explain prominent features of ritual, myth, and belief in all contexts everywhere causes ethnographers a skeptical pause. In Ritual and Memory, however, a... more...

  • Religion and Public Life in the Mountain Westby Mark Silk; Jan Shipps

    AltaMira Press 2004; US$ 22.99

    Huge mountain ranges and vast uninhabited areas characterize the Mountain West. The region is home to several dense urban centers, but there is enough space between cities for three very distinct religious cultures to develop. Arizona and New Mexico's religious public life is still dominated by the Catholic church which was in place three centuries... more...