By David Levinson

With various examples from cultures worldwide, Religion: A Cross-Cultural Dictionary files, describes, and explains either the commonalities and ameliorations in how humans adventure and convey their spiritual ideals and spirituality. transparent and concise articles clarify the numerous philosophies, dogma, practices, and origins of the 16 religions with around the globe following. Dozens of alternative articles supply a convenient connection with either styles of similarity and distinction in non secular perform around the cultures of the realm. All cultures, for instance, have ideals in supernatural beings, spiritual leaders, and burial rituals, yet they range commonly of their ideals in regards to the evil eye, dream interpretation, and the facility of sorcerers. purposes for those similarities and transformations are mentioned, with interesting cross-cultural examples of spiritual customs and practices.
Many unifying topics floor as writer David Levinson exhibits how humans worldwide exhibit their courting to the supernatural international. those styles of courting contain these in accordance with soul trips, ownership via spirits, magical formulation, ideals in god and goddesses, strategies concerning the after lifestyles, and taboos on consuming definite meals. supplying a radical chronology of the historical past of faith starting with the emergence of shamanism a few 50,000 years in the past, this rigorously researched ebook is key for an individual drawn to humanity's spiritual and non secular diversity.

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