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Roy A. Rappaport, "Ritual and Religion in the Making of Humanity (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)"
Cambridge University Press | 1999-03-28 | ISBN: 0521296900 | 562 pages | PDF | 1,6 MB
This book argues that religion can and must be reconciled with science. Combining adaptive and cognitive approaches, it is a comprehensive analysis of religion's evolutionary significance, and its inextricable interdependence with language. It is also a detailed study of religion's main component, ritual, which constructs the conceptions that we take to be religious and therefore central in the making of humanity's adaptation. The text amounts to a manual for effective ritual, illustrated by examples drawn from a range of disciplines.
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