This intriguing three-volume set explores the ways in which religion is bound to the practice of daily life and how daily life is bound to religion.
Religions help during rites of passage, from birth and childhood through adulthood and death. They also influence politics and culture, playing a role in everything from elections and wars to music and art. Religious rituals maintain our history and identity and also provide symbols for revolutionary change. They can create a sense of community and add meaning to life.
In Religion and Everyday Life and Culture, 36 international scholars describe the impact of religious practices around the world, using rich examples drawn from personal observation. Instead of repeating generalizations about what religion should mean, these volumes examine how religions actually influence our public and private lives “on the ground,” on a day-to-day basis.
Volume one introduces regional histories of the world’s religions and discusses major ritual practices, such as the Catholic Mass and the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. Volume two examines themes that will help readers understand how religions interact with the practices of public life, describing the ways religions influence government, education, criminal justice, economy, technology, and the environment. Volume three takes up themes that are central to how religions are realized in the practices of individuals. In these essays, readers meet a shaman healer in South Africa, laugh with Buddhist monks, sing with Bob Dylan, cheer for Australian rugby, and explore Chicana and Iranian art.
• Includes contributions from 36 scholars from a dozen countries around the globe
• Explores the ways in which religion is bound to the practice of daily life and also how daily life is bound to religion
• Examines the influence of religion on art and music, culture, healing, education, sports, and more
• Describes and analyzes actual religious practices and effects of religion on real people and things the world over
• Encourages students and general readers to think critically about the influence of religion on daily life