The Ghost Dance: Origins Of Religion

The Ghost Dance Origins Of Religion The Ghost Dance The Origins of Religion by Weston La Barre is a classic search for the origins of religion employing psychology and anthropology to explain elements of Greek Egyptian Jewi

  • Title: The Ghost Dance: Origins Of Religion
  • Author: Weston La Barre
  • ISBN: 9780042110035
  • Page: 167
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  • The Ghost Dance The Origins of Religion by Weston La Barre 1915 1996 is a classic search for the origins of religion, employing psychology and anthropology to explain elements of Greek, Egyptian, Jewish, Christian, shamanic and Native American religion.The Ghost Dance offers a fascinating exploration of the history and origins of religious belief from earliest times toThe Ghost Dance The Origins of Religion by Weston La Barre 1915 1996 is a classic search for the origins of religion, employing psychology and anthropology to explain elements of Greek, Egyptian, Jewish, Christian, shamanic and Native American religion.The Ghost Dance offers a fascinating exploration of the history and origins of religious belief from earliest times to the present day The Ghost Dance takes its place beside other great studies of religion, such as those by Sigmund Freud, Geza Roheim or Mircea Eliade It draws together his explorations of shamanism, world religion, Native American culture, altered states of consciousness and the use of drugs in belief systems.

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    1. Weston La Barre

      Weston La Barre is best known for his work in anthropology and ethnography, in which he drew on the theories of psychoanalysis and psychiatry Born in Uniontown, PA, La Barre studied at Princeton and Yale, and later taught at Rutgers, Wisconsin and Duke universities La Barre conducted field work across North and South America, and later through India, China, Africa and Europe He studied the Plains Indians and their peyote cult with Richard Evans Schultes which resulted in the 1938 book The Peyote Cult La Barre s masterwork is The Ghost Dance The Origin of Religion 1970 , which draws together his explorations of shamanism, world religion, Native American culture, altered states of consciousness and the use of drugs in belief systems.Works The Peyote CultThe Aymara Indians of the Lake Titicaca PlateauThe Human AnimalMateria Medica of the AymaraThey Shall Take up Serpents Psychology of the Southern Snakehandling CultShadow of Childhood Neoteny and the Biology of ReligionThe Ghost Dance The Origins of Religion Culture in Context, Selected Writings of Weston La BarreMuelos A Stone Age Superstition About Sexuality

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    1. The Ghost Dance is a book from a well-established anthropologist that offers an outlandish thesis ”All religions had their origin in a crisis cult” (P 345) which the author fails to see is not supported by any conventional academic evidence.LaBarre's book is very similar to Mircea Eliade's "Chamanisme et les Techniques Archaiques de L'extase" in which Eliade attempts to establish that shamanism was the dominant religion of all hunter-gatherer societies. LaBarre accepts Eliade's conclusions [...]


    2. A 'psychological and anthropological' study of world religion. He's out to demystify: "There is no mystery about religion" he tells you sternly. I heard of this as a masterpiece even if outdated, huge in scope. One of the most high and low books I've ever read. There are chapters that are sheer lunacy, of the Freudian kind. It's written in 1970, but I didn't know how absurd the Freudian can get, until I read this. Other chapters were splendid, with a conceptual grasp, a width of material and ins [...]


    3. This is an unabashed anthropology of religion that suffers from a wayward, drunken weaving back and forth between themes and a rather untoward, smug attitude.At first glance, the topic of common denominators amongst religions such as shamanistic practices, animal totemism, mana, animus, the sexual function of religion, and so on, makes for a potentially fascinating read. La Barre drifts back and forth between these themes, without ever satisfactorily tying everything together, teasing the reader [...]


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