Interpreting Aboriginal Religion: An Historical Account
Australian Association for the Study of Religions, 1985 - Aboriginal Australians - 156 pages
Examines the reactions, attitudes and theoretical constructions of European explorers, missionaries and writers including Howitt, Spencer and Gillen, Lang, Frazer, Durkheim, Radcliffe-Brown, Warner, Stanner and Elkin.
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