Beyond Primitivism: Indigenous Religious Traditions and by Jacob K. Olupona

By Jacob K. Olupona

What function do indigenous religions play in cutting-edge international? past Primitivism is an entire appraisal of indigenous religions - faiths integrally hooked up to the cultures during which they originate, as distinctive from worldwide religions of conversion - as practised throughout the United States, Africa, Asia and the Pacific this day. At a time while neighborhood traditions the world over are colliding with worldwide tradition, it explores the way forward for indigenous faiths as they come across modernity and globalization. past Primitivism argues that indigenous religions will not be beside the point in sleek society, yet are dynamic, revolutionary forces of constant energy and impression. together with essays on Haitian vodou, Korean shamanism and the Sri Lankan 'Wild Man', the participants demonstrate the relevance of local religions to thousands of believers all over the world, difficult the conception that indigenous faiths are vanishing from the face of the globe.

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Zwi Werblowsky, Beyond Tradition and Modernity, London: Athlone Press, 1976. ), Religion, Modernity and Postmodernity, Oxford: Blackwell, 1998. Kwame Gyekeye, Tradition and Modernity: Philosophical Reflections on the African Experience, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. B. , vol. 53 (1952–53): 2. , 221. 13 Robert D. Lee, Overcoming Tradition and Modernity: The Search for Islamic Authenticity, Boulder: Westview Press, 1997. 14 Ian Mabbett, Modern China: The Mirage of Modernity, London: Croom Helm, 1985.

Until the 1960s, Correspondence Rules were used by historians of science as a standard mode of describing the relationship between a theoretical statement and an observation. Correspondence Rules have fallen into disrepute, having as their basis a logico-positivist conception of science. ). 5 While much of Kuhn’s philosophy of science has in turn been rejected, his criticisms of Correspondence Rules were important in their demise. See Suppe (1979: 4n). 6 That is to say, the demise of Correspondence Rules only refutes one piece of Horton’s evidence, not his theoretical stance.

In the Kingdom of Hawaii, the lei was a religious object. It was a symbol of the physical poetics of community life. In the Territory of Hawaii, although the lei remained a religious object, it became a commodified native craft in an occupied colonial setting. Friesen believes that in this case, modernity preserved the symbolic value of the lei, but also destroyed its earlier sanctity. The scholars in this volume attest to the claim that there is not just “one” modernity. ” Across the globe, hundreds of indigenous cultures have developed their particular responses to modernity, based upon the dynamic characteristics and histories of the indigenous peoples.

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