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Primitive Religion

Primitive Religion

Theories of Primitive Religion.
8vo. 132pp in blue cloth boards with printed dust jacket. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965.
Ex library copy with neat label and shelf mark on the spine. Slightly sunned and with pencil annotations throughout.

A copy of the important 1965 anthropological text Theories of Primitive Religion. In this text drawn from a lecture series given at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1962, Evans-Pritchard argues against existing theories of what at the time were called "primitive" religious practices. He claimed that anthropologists rarely succeeded in entering the minds of the people they studied, and so ascribed to them motivations which more closely matched themselves and their own culture, not the one they were studying. He also argued that believers and non-believers approached the study of religion in vastly different ways, with non-believers being quicker to come up with biological, sociological, or psychological theories to explain religion as an illusion.

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