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A solid basis for understanding the whole spectrum of the religions of Africa! Concise, expert, and fully accessible, this is an excellent introduction to the complex, diverse religious traditions of Africa practiced by peoples with vastly different cultures and languages. Religions of Africa outlines and clarifies the historical development of indigenous African belief systems, discusses the impact of colonization, Christianity, Islam, and liberation movements on the continent's religious evolution, and examines the interaction between time-honored customs and new worlds of thought to "illustrate the process of traditions in transformation and transformations in tradition." Lawson presents the history, myths, rituals, institutions, and sociocultural patterns of two representative groups: the Yoruba of Nigeria and the Zulu of South Africa. Through understanding the religious worlds in which these groups live, the reader gains a solid basis for understanding the whole spectrum of the religions of Africa.

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9781577660125 | Reissue edition (Waveland Pr Inc, May 1, 1998), cover price $15.50
9780060652111 | Harpercollins, October 1, 1984, cover price $9.00 | About this edition: A solid basis for understanding the whole spectrum of the religions of Africa!

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This book develops a cognitive approach to religion. Focusing particularly on ritual action, it borrows analytical methods from linguistics and other cognitive sciences. The authors provide a lucid, critical review of established approaches to the study of religion, and make a strong plea for the combination of interpretation and explanation. Often represented as competitive approaches, they are, rather, complementary and equally vital to the study of symbolic systems. Rethinking Religion deals with the relationship between cognition and culture in a novel manner, and introduces a method of analysis that will have many applications.

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9780521373708 | 1 edition (Cambridge Univ Pr, March 30, 1990), cover price $54.95 | About this edition: This book develops a cognitive approach to religion.

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9780521438063 | Reprint edition (Cambridge Univ Pr, March 1, 1993), cover price $59.99

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This study explores the psychological foundations of religious ritual systems. In practice, participants recall rituals to ensure a sense of continuity across performances, and those rituals motivate them to transmit and re-perform them. Most religious rituals exploit either high performance frequency or extraordinary emotional stimulation to enhance their recollection. Robert N. McCauley and E. Thomas Lawson assert that participants' cognitive representations of ritual form explain much about the systems. Reviewing a wide range of evidence, they explain religions' evolution. (view table of contents)

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9780521815598 | Cambridge Univ Pr, September 2, 2002, cover price $87.99 | About this edition: This study explores the psychological foundations of religious ritual systems.

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9780521016292 | Cambridge Univ Pr, October 1, 2002, cover price $34.99

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By E. Thomas Lawson (foreword by) and Todd Tremlin

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9780195305340 | Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, March 2, 2006, cover price $38.95

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