The Religions of the American Indians

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University of California Press, 1979 - Religion - 335 pages
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This book presents a comprehensive survey of the complex indigenous religions of the Americas, both North and South, as they were in the past and as they still exist in some societies.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Tribal Religions
3
The Supernatural
9
The Concept of the High God
15
The World Picture and the Deities of Cosmogonic Myths
27
Gods and Spirits of Nature
44
Totemism and Belief in Guardian Spirits
66
Medicine Men and Shamans
84
The Soul and Life Hereafter
129
Historical Patterns of Development and Modern Forms of Religion
140
Religions of the American High Culture
155
The History of Culture and Religion in Nuclear America
157
The Religion of the Inca Indians
184
Mayan Religion
205
The Religion of the Aztecs
241
Index
319

The Great Tribal Ceremonies
103
Cult Organizations
116

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