An in-depth, ethnographic study of the transnational expansion of Santo Daime, a mystical religious tradition organized around sacramental ingestion of the mind-altering ayahuasca beverage.
Investigates the professional practices of astrologers in urban India and their popularity among the educated middle and upper classes.
The first book to offer a detailed framework, a fine-grained history, and an analytically nuanced understanding of one of the rarest branches of Hindu worship.
A unique historical study of the personal nature of religion, spirituality, and healing in the twentieth century based on the letters of ordinary people from around the world.
Captures how Indian Protestant Christians negotiate their religious and cultural identities within the Indian diaspora.
Explores how religious travel in India is transforming religious identities and self-constructions.
The first comprehensive anthropological description of the Khmer Buddhism practiced by Cambodian refugees in the United States over the past four decades.
A collection of Raj’s groundbreaking ethnographic studies of “vernacular” Catholic traditions in Tamil Nadu, India.
Explores sacrificial practices across a range of contexts from prehistory to the present.
Offers new ways of comparing features of the world’s religions.
A striking look at the death rituals of an indigenous community in North America.
Explores the significance of levity and humor in South Asian religious traditions.
The diary of Mircea Eliade, the seminal thinker on religion, during the period he served as a diplomat in Portugal.
A comprehensive cultural and historical portrait of Italian American identities in Boston’s North End.
Focuses on the lives of female Hindu ascetics and the significance of gender to the tradition of renunciation.
Synthesis of Mediterraneum’s first seminar.
Parallels and contrasts values from world religions and those proposed by the environmental perspective of deep ecology.
This first scholarly work on Randolph includes the full text of his two most important manuscripts on sexual magic.
Explores the history and nature of vrats (ritual fasts) in text and practice, and the roles these rites play in the lives of Hindu women in North India.
Provides a coherent and defensible interpretation of Eliade's thought which allows less familiar readers to approach Eliade with a greater clarity and precision. Foreword by Mac Linscott Ricketts, a leading translator of Eliade's writings.