Anthropology of Religion

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Christ Returns from the Jungle

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.

Words of Destiny

Investigates the professional practices of astrologers in urban India and their popularity among the educated middle and upper classes.

Till Kingdom Come

By Lokesh Ohri
Subjects: Asian Studies

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.

Personal Religion and Spiritual Healing

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.

Protestant Christianity in the Indian Diaspora

Captures how Indian Protestant Christians negotiate their religious and cultural identities within the Indian diaspora.

Religious Journeys in India

Explores how religious travel in India is transforming religious identities and self-constructions.

Cambodian Buddhism in the United States

The first comprehensive anthropological description of the Khmer Buddhism practiced by Cambodian refugees in the United States over the past four decades.

Vernacular Catholicism, Vernacular Saints

A collection of Raj’s groundbreaking ethnographic studies of “vernacular” Catholic traditions in Tamil Nadu, India.

Diversity of Sacrifice

Explores sacrificial practices across a range of contexts from prehistory to the present.

Figuring Religions

Offers new ways of comparing features of the world’s religions.

Becoming an Ancestor

A striking look at the death rituals of an indigenous community in North America.

Sacred Play

Explores the significance of levity and humor in South Asian religious traditions.

The Portugal Journal

The diary of Mircea Eliade, the seminal thinker on religion, during the period he served as a diplomat in Portugal.

Religious Festive Practices in Boston's North End

A comprehensive cultural and historical portrait of Italian American identities in Boston’s North End.

Women in Ochre Robes

Focuses on the lives of female Hindu ascetics and the significance of gender to the tradition of renunciation.

Religions and Cultures

Synthesis of Mediterraneum’s first seminar.

Deep Ecology and World Religions

Parallels and contrasts values from world religions and those proposed by the environmental perspective of deep ecology.

Paschal Beverly Randolph

This first scholarly work on Randolph includes the full text of his two most important manuscripts on sexual magic.

Because It Gives Me Peace of Mind

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.

Reconstructing Eliade

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.