By Jacob K. Olupona

What function do indigenous religions play in contemporary international? past Primitivism is a whole appraisal of indigenous religions - faiths integrally attached to the cultures within which they originate, as particular from worldwide religions of conversion - as practised throughout the USA, Africa, Asia and the Pacific this day. At a time whilst neighborhood traditions internationally are colliding with worldwide tradition, it explores the way forward for indigenous faiths as they come upon modernity and globalization. past Primitivism argues that indigenous religions aren't inappropriate in glossy society, yet are dynamic, revolutionary forces of continuous power and impact. together with essays on Haitian vodou, Korean shamanism and the Sri Lankan 'Wild Man', the individuals exhibit the relevance of local religions to thousands of believers around the globe, not easy the belief that indigenous faiths are vanishing from the face of the globe.

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Thus a “persuasive analogy” appears to have both a positive and a negative component, pointing out how something is not like something else as much as how it is similar. However, Tambiah does not show us how to tell when natives think that the negative part of a possible analogy would turn it into an unpersuasive analogy, that is to say, one where the evident dissimilarity leads to rejection of the putative conclusion. This is not surprising, because natives are aware of the positive analogies, as Tambiah notes, but appear never to point out the negative ones.

7 Instead, they are participating in a symbolic expression of cultural concepts. Beattie, for example, argues that “myth dramatizes the universe, science analyzes it” (1966: 65). 8 The motivation behind this type of theory is laudable since it frees the “natives” from believing in what appear to be ridiculously simple or misguided notions of cause and effect. Indeed, as Penner notes, “one of the strengths of the symbolic approach is its criticism of ethnocentric explanations of religious beliefs and practices” (1989: 71).

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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