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Red man's religion : beliefs and practices of the Indians north of Mexico /
[by] Ruth M. Underhill.
imprint
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [1965]
description
x, 301 p. : illus., maps, plates. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0226841677 (pbk.)
format(s)
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imprint
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [1965]
isbn
0226841677 (pbk.)
general note
"Intended as a companion to the author's Red man's America."
catalogue key
2259474
 
Bibliography: p. [271]-290.
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Summaries
Main Description
Among the topics considered in this classic study are world origins and supernatural powers, attitudes toward the dead, the medicine man and shaman, hunting and gathering rituals, war and planting ceremonies, and newer religions, such as the Ghost Dance and the Peyote Religion. "The distinctive contribution of [Red Man's Religion] is the treatment of topics, the insight and the perspective of the author, and her ability to transmit these to the reader. . . . Trais and aspects of religion are not treated as abstract entitites, to be enumerated and summated, assigned a geographic distribution, and then abandoned. No page is a dry recital; each is an illumination. Insight and wisdom are framed in poetic prose. An offering of information in such a medium merits gratitude."--American Anthropologist
Main Description
Among the topics considered in this classic study are world origins and supernatural powers, attitudes toward the dead, the medicine man and shaman, hunting and gathering rituals, war and planting ceremonies, and newer religions, such as the Ghost Dance and the Peyote Religion. "The distinctive contribution of [ Red Man's Religion ] is the treatment of topics, the insight and the perspective of the author, and her ability to transmit these to the reader. . . . Trais and aspects of religion are not treated as abstract entitites, to be enumerated and summated, assigned a geographic distribution, and then abandoned. No page is a dry recital; each is an illumination. Insight and wisdom are framed in poetic prose. An offering of information in such a medium merits gratitude." American Anthropologist
Table of Contents
Indians and the Supernatural
Religion: Its Geography and History
Impersonal Power
World Origins
The Spirits
Woman Power
Attitude Toward the Dead: Fear and Avoidance
Attitude Toward the Dead: Adoption of a Substitute or ""Delayed Burial""
Medicine Man, Shaman, and Priest
The Vision
Indian Ceremonialism
Hunting and Gathering Rituals
War Ceremonies
For the General Welfare: The Sun Dance
Planting Begins
Planting Ceremonies: The Southern Woodland
Planting
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