Ordinary Lives and Grand Schemes

An Anthropology of Everyday Religion


Author: Samuli Schielke,Liza Debevec

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 0857455079

Category: Social Science

Page: 174

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Everyday practice of religion is complex in its nature, ambivalent and at times contradictory. The task of an anthropology of religious practice is therefore precisely to see how people navigate and make sense of that complexity, and what the significance of religious beliefs and practices in a given setting can be. Rather than putting everyday practice and normative doctrine on different analytical planes, the authors argue that the articulation of religious doctrine is also an everyday practice and must be understood as such.

Prayer Shawl Ministries and Women’s Theological Imagination


Author: Donna Bowman

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739179721

Category: Religion

Page: 390

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Interviews with more than one hundred women reveal the theology behind prayer shawl making, a lay ministry that takes place in churches of nearly every denomination. These “handmade” conceptual frameworks provide a rich case study of ordinary theology in action, outlining women’s religious creativity and reflection across the American Christian landscape.

Contemporary Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Europe

Colonialist and Nationalist Impulses


Author: Kathryn Rountree

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1782386475

Category: Social Science

Page: 326

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Pagan and Native Faith movements have sprung up across Europe in recent decades, yet little has been published about them compared with their British and American counterparts. Though all such movements valorize human relationships with nature and embrace polytheistic cosmologies, practitioners’ beliefs, practices, goals, and agendas are diverse. Often side by side are groups trying to reconstruct ancient religions motivated by ethnonationalism—especially in post-Soviet societies—and others attracted by imported traditions, such as Wicca, Druidry, Goddess Spirituality, and Core Shamanism. Drawing on ethnographic cases, contributors explore the interplay of neo-nationalistic and neo-colonialist impulses in contemporary Paganism, showing how these impulses play out, intersect, collide, and transform.

Landscapes Beyond Land

Routes, Aesthetics, Narratives


Author: Arnar Árnason,Nicolas Ellison,Jo Vergunst,Andrew Whitehouse

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 0857456725

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

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Land is embedded in a multitude of material and cultural contexts, through which the human experience of landscape emerges. Ethnographers, with their participative methodologies, long-term co-residence, and concern with the quotidian aspects of the places where they work, are well positioned to describe landscapes in this fullest of senses. The contributors explore how landscapes become known primarily through movement and journeying rather than stasis. Working across four continents, they explain how landscapes are constituted and recollected in the stories people tell of their journeys through them, and how, in turn, these stories are embedded in landscaped forms.