By Andrew Buckser, Stephen D. Glazier
The Anthropology of non secular Conversion paints an image of conversion way more complicated than its regular picture in anthropology and spiritual stories. Conversion is particularly seldom easily a unexpected second of perception or proposal; it's a swap either one of person attention and of social belonging, of psychological perspective and of actual adventure, whose unfolding relies either on its cultural atmosphere and at the targeted people who endure it. The booklet explores non secular conversion in various cultural settings and considers how anthropological ways can assist us comprehend the phenomenon. Fourteen case experiences span old and geographical contexts, together with the modern usa, smooth and medieval Europe, and non-western societies in South Asia, Melanesia, and South the US. They speak about conversion to Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, and Spiritualism. Combining ethnographic description with theoretical research, authors ponder the character and which means of conversion, its social and political dimensions, and its dating to person spiritual event.
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