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  • Rock Art and Sacred Landscapesby Donna L. Gillette; Mavis Greer; Michele Helene Hayward; William Breen Murray

    Springer 2013; US$ 129.00

    Social and behavioral scientists study religion or spirituality in various ways and have defined and approached the subject from different perspectives. In cultural anthropology, and archaeology the understanding of what constitutes religion involves beliefs, oral traditions, practices and rituals, as well as the related material culture including... more...

  • Celebrity and Powerby P. David Marshall

    University of Minnesota Press 2014; US$ 26.00

    Simultaneously celebrated and denigrated, celebrities represent not only the embodiment of success, but also the ultimate construction of false value. Celebrity and Power questions the impulse to become embroiled with the construction and collapse of the famous, exploring the concept of the new public intimacy : a product of social media in which... more...

  • Soul Huntersby Rane Willerslev

    University of California Press 2007; US$ 19.96

    This is an insightful, highly original ethnographic interpretation of the hunting life of the Yukaghirs, a little-known group of indigenous people in the Upper Kolyma region of northeastern Siberia. Basing his study on firsthand experience with Yukaghir hunters, Rane Willerslev focuses on the practical implications of living in a "hall-of-mirrors"... more...

  • Aghor Medicineby Ronald L. Barrett

    University of California Press 2008; US$ 15.95

    For centuries, the Aghori have been known as the most radical ascetics in India: living naked on the cremation grounds, meditating on corpses, engaging in cannibalism and coprophagy, and consuming intoxicants out of human skulls. In recent years, however, they have shifted their practices from the embrace of ritually polluted substances to the healing... more...

  • The Musical Playgroundby Kathryn Marsh

    Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 22.99

    Section 1: Children's Musical Play and Creativity: Adult Views. 1. Conceptions of Children's Musical Play. 2. Children's Musical Creativity and Oral Transmission. Section 2: Into the Field. 3. Investigating Musical Play: Ethics and Pragmatics. 4. The Playing Fields. Section 3: Transmission Processes in the Playground. 5. The Influence of... more...

  • Cultural Mobilityby Stephen Greenblatt; Ines ?upanov; Reinhard Meyer-Kalkus; Heike Paul; Pál Nyíri; Frederike Pannewick

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 24.00

    This book offers a model for understanding the patterns of meaning that human societies create. more...

  • The Power of Mythby Joseph Campbell; Bill Moyers

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.00

    "The symbols of mythology and legend are all around  us, embedded in the fabric of our daily lives, and  the Moyers-Campbell dialogues are a welcom guide  to recognizing and understanding their meanings."  -- Cincinnati Post . From the Trade Paperback edition. more...

  • Religions of the Silk Roadby Dr. Richard Foltz

    Palgrave Macmillan 2010; US$ 32.00

    Drawing on the latest research and scholarship, this newly revised and updated edition of Religions of the Silk Road explores the majestically fabled cities and exotic peoples that make up the romantic notions of the colonial era while examining how cultural traditions also travelled to the people encounted on the Silk Road. more...

  • Ethnomusicologyby Timothy Rice

    Oxford University Press, USA 2013; US$ 7.99

    Ethnomusicologists believe that all humans, not just those we call musicians, are musical, and that musicality is one of the essential touchstones of the human experience. This insight raises big questions about the nature of music and the nature of humankind, and ethnomusicologists argue that to properly address these questions, we must study music... more...

  • Body Workby Debra Gimlin

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 28.95

    Today women are lifting weights to build muscle, wrapping their bodies in seaweed to reduce unwanted water retention, attending weigh-ins at diet centers, and devoting themselves to many other types of "body work." Filled with the voices of real women, this book unravels the complicated emotional and intellectual motivations that drive them as they... more...