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The Religions of the American Indians (Hermeneutics: Studies in the History of Religions) [Paperback]

by Ake Hultkrantz, Monica Setterwall
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April 29, 1981 0520042395 978-0520042391 New Ed
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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Text: English, Swedish (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Hermeneutics: Studies in the History of Religions
  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New Ed edition (April 29, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520042395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520042391
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and thorough July 30, 2007
The history of the world is in large part a history of its religions. Hultkrantz's book is an excellent resource on the religions and history of the American indigenous peoples.

The book is divided into two parts. Part one covers the religions of the tribal cultures. Hulkrantz also does a great job in explaining all of the anthropological terms used in the descriptions. Also very interesting is the analysis of broad themes found throughout North and South America that links the beliefs of all the tribes from their origins.

Part Two covers what Hultkrantz calls "Nuclear America" or the region extending from Mexico to Peru including the religions of the high cultures or advanced civilizations of the Inca, Maya, and Aztec.

Readers of this book will finish with a very broad understanding of American Indian history, culture, and religion. A re-reading will give an in-depth knowledge of these cultures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview October 27, 2004
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The book has achieved its goal of overviewing the religious belief systems of Native American tribes of north and south america. Excellent resource book for religious comparative studies and Native American tribal studies. Easily readable. Recommended!
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