ray scupin (scupin@LC.LINDENWOOD.EDU)
Wed, 30 Mar 1994 18:52:16 -0600

an anthropology of religion course. Most of the texts that I have seen
such as the anthology of Lehmann and Meyers, and others do not deal much
with the major Religious traditions of the world. I believe that most
anthropologists today are doing ethnographic research on Buddhism,
Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism, etc. However, most of
the texts are aimed at tribal religions, witchcraft, shamanism, etc.
Although those topics are important, I also want to introduce
undergrads to the ethnographic research on the major religious traditions
throughout the world. I did my own research on Islam in Southeast Asia,
on a Muslim minority in Thailand. I want a text that introduces the
anthropology of religion approaches---structuralism, symbolism, etc, and
includes material on tribal traditions. But I also want something that
reflects the contemporary research on the so-called Great Religious

Does anyone know of any text that has this approach? I may end up
using a Religious Studies text, but would prefer an anthropological
overview. I would welcome any suggestions from anyone.

Thank you,

Ray Scupin