Religious Sites in America
A Reference Guide
by Mary Ellen Snodgrass
October 2000, 508pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-57607-154-0
$91, £70, 80€, A125
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Navajo sand painting, Harvest Ministries evangelism, Messianic Judaism, ki healing, annual pilgrimages to Idaho’s Old Mission, and peyotism are just a sample of the fascinating entries in this detailed and expansive reference text. It covers active religious centers in all 50 states, from cathedrals to store-front chapels.

Ranging over the incredibly diverse American religious expression, Religious Sites in America explores more than 160 worship sites as representative examples of individual beliefs and practices.

Religious Sites in America examines the location, origin, and history of each site, its size and accessibility, and its purpose and influence. Entries examine uniquely American worship: a passion play enacted by the Hermanos Penitentes, high holy days celebrated over the Internet, and peyotism, one of the oldest worship practices indigenous to the continent.

Because all sites are active religious centers, entries detail site supervision, location, and layout, and include telephone and fax numbers and e-mail and Web addresses. In addition to a site’s significance, history, and architecture, the coverage also summarizes its religious activities and outreach programs.

A detailed timeline charts the growth of widespread religious expression in America. A glossary, an extensive bibliography, a subject index, and illustrations complete the coverage.


  • Detailed timeline charts the growth of widespread religious expression in America
  • Glossary, extensive bibliography, subject index, and illustrations included
Mary Ellen Snodgrass is an educator and expert in classical mythology, literature, and the humanities. She received her masters degree in English from Appalachian State University.


"Will fit nicely in travel and contemporary religion collections as well as reference sections. An essential purchase."—Library Journal, November 1, 2000

"This detailed guide will be useful in any collections supporting the study of comparative religion, anthropology, sociology and American culture."—Lawrence Looks at Books, April 1, 2001

"Snodgrass is broadly inclusive of a refreshing array of spiritual traditions. . . . Recent books concerned with the concept of 'sacred life' lack Snodgrass's breadth of coverage. Recommended for academic and large public libraries."—Choice, July 1, 2001
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