War Magic and Warrior Religion Paperback

Sorcery, Cognition, and Embodiment

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War Magic and Warrior Religion

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This compelling volume explores how war magic and warrior religion unleash the power of the gods, demons, ghosts, and the dead. Documenting war magic and warrior religion as they are performed in diverse cultures and across historical time periods, this volume foregrounds embodiment, practice, and performance in anthropological approaches to magic, sorcery, shamanism, and religion. The authors go beyond what magic 'represents' to consider what magic does. From Chinese exorcists, Javanese spirit siblings, and black magic in Sumatra to Tamil Tiger suicide bombers, Chamorro spiritual re-enchantment, tantric Buddhist war magic, and Yanomami dark shamans, religion and magic are re-evaluated not just from the practitioner's perspective but through the victim's lived experience. These original investigations reveal a nuanced approach to understanding social action, innovation, and the revitalization of tradition in colonial and post-colonial societies undergoing rapid social transformation.

War Magic and Warrior Religion was published by Berghahn Books in October 2016. The ISBN for War Magic and Warrior Religion is 9781785333293.

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Details for War Magic and Warrior Religion

Page last updated 12th August 2016
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBerghahn Books (October 2016)
Number of Pages182
Thickness10 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4457580
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