Reinventing Religions

Reinventing Religions

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Once a central concept in anthropology, syncretism has recently re-emerged as a valuable tool for understanding the complex dynamics of ethnicity, postcolonialism, and transnationalism. Building on a century-long tradition of scholarship, this important book formulates a broader view of the mixing and interpenetration of religious beliefs and practices, primarily from Africa and Europe, highlighting the ways in which religions and cultures on both sides of the Atlantic have been assimilated and innovatively changed. Divided into four sections, the book focuses on religious syncretism in Brazil, Jamaica, and other parts of the Caribbean and West Africa. Greenfield and Droogers have brought together an array of outstanding international scholars whose rich and varied essays on specific geographical locales and customs comprise an innovative and comprehensive view of the transference of religious traditions and their continuity and reformulation on two continents.The images, models and theories of the scientist (and therefore their explanations) may or may not overlap with or be congruent with those of the people studied. The simplest answer to Kuhna#39;s aquot;what must the world be likeaquot; question is to be found in metaphor.3 By likening the world to ... upon, the individual members do aquot;puzzle solving, aquot; posing questions the hypothesized answers to which can be tested.

Title:Reinventing Religions
Author:Sidney M. Greenfield, A. F. Droogers
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2001-01-01


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