Syncretism in Religion: A Reader

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Anita M. Leopold, Jeppe Sinding Jensen
Routledge, Jan 1, 2005 - Political Science - 402 pages
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Long a fascinating but problematic category of religious studies, "syncretism" is an elastic term that describes a wide range of practices characterized by the mixing or overlap of traditions. Syncretism in Religion offers the student a broad selection of essays, both classical contributions to the study of syncretism and new essays commissioned especially for this volume. Some important selections appear here in English for the first time. Also included is a list of references for further reading.

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The Strength of Syncretistic Culture
Syncretistic practices have been in vogue but of late they have been countered by 'vested interests" to promote their agenda nullifying the overarching nature
of religious practices. It has been well maintained that no religion is "pure" and in due course, native elements creep, as it were, to make it a symbiotic relationship. The author seeks to demonstrate that the so-called pure religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam have had many overlapping religious tenets, not to speak of the common shared history. With internationalism spreading the message of oneness, it is high time, syncretists raised their voice to make a symphony of universal brotherhood. The book serves to meet this end.
Dr V. Pala Prasada Rao
JKC College



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Anita Maria Leopold has taught in the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
Jeppe Sinding Jensen is Associate Professor in the Study of Religion, University of Aarhus, Denmark. His publications include Rationality and the Study of Religion and The Study of Religion in a New Key.

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