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World of the Spirits David Burnett

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20th January 2006
288 pages: 216mm x 138mm x 17mm
Monarch Books
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During the last century the Christian faith has made massive inroads into areas dominated by traditional and folk religions. In many cases, however, varieties of syncretism have developed, both in the countries of origin and in the West. David Burnett's comprehensive study covers African, Indian, Polynesian, Australian, Asian and South American forms of traditional religion, together with Western expressions of these forms of faith. The topics covered include: Cosmology Gods and spirits Ghosts Ancestor worship Taboo and pollution Rites of passage Witchcraft, sorcery and magic Methods of divination Spirit possession Shamans and healers This is a standard text for all those studying or expecting to work in areas of traditional and folk religion.

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