The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life: A Study in Religious Sociology

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G. Allen & Unwin, 1915 - Religion - 456 pages

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
the genesis of the fundamental
9
CHAPTER I
23
Religion defined in connection with the idea of God or a spiritual being
29
Search for a positive definitionDistinction between beliefs
36
religionThe idea of the ChurchDo individualistic religions exclude
45
CHAPTER III
71
If the object of religion is to express natural forces it is hard to
78
CHAPTER VIII
240
Analysis of the idea of the soul in the Australian societies
246
Generality of the doctrine of reincarnationDiverse facts in support
256
what there is objective in this
262
The Idea of Spirits and Gods
273
CHAPTER I
299
r asceticism
309
antagonism of
317

Naturism does not explain the division of things into sacred
84
Reasons of method for which our study will be given specially to
93
CHAPTER I
101
The totem as emblemTotemic designs engraved or carved upon
113
Sacred character of the totemic emblemThe churingaThe
119
CHAPTER II
128
The Cosmological System of Totemism and the Idea of Class
141
tribal religion
148
CHAPTER IV
157
The totems of sexual groupsResemblances and differences with
165
IT Theories which derive collective totemism from individual totemism
172
conceptional and local totemismThe
180
fy All these theories explain totemism only by postulating other religious
186
i
205
CHAPTER II
326
ritual consumption of the totemic plant or animal
333
TV The rites of the first phase consists in oblationsAnalogies with
340
The Positive Cultcontinued
351
r dependsThe idea of impersonal force or power is of social origin
362
CHAPTER IV
370
Representative rites without physical efficacyThey confirm
376
Ambiguity of function in the various ceremonies studied they
386
Other piacular rites after a public mourning a poor harvest
403
the pure and the impureTheir
409
To what extent the results obtained may be generalized 415
415
privilegedNecessity of a science to reach the reality at the bottom
422
S founded with the general idea characterized by its impersonality
438
its creative powerReactions of sociology
447

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