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Supernaturalism in Human Life: A Discourse on Myth, Ritual and Religion

J. Pandian (Author)
Synopsis This provocative book will be of interest to scholars, students and the lay public. Drawing upon a lifetime of research into the human foundations of supernatural beliefs in India, the United States and other parts of the world, Dr. Pandian examines a range of important psychological, sociological, ecological and symbological theories of supernaturalism, exploring the origin, function and relevance of supernaturalism in human life. He locates the foundation of supernaturalism in myth and ritual and theorizes that myth and ritual are rooted in "mytholiminal" rationality, which is an evolutionary adaptation concerned with the crafting of coherence, transcendence and meaning in human life. Dr. Pandian challenges some of the scholarly assumptions about myth, ritual and religion, offers an analysis of the icons and embodiments of supernaturalism, and provides a comprehensive discourse on the role of prophets, prophetism, and the nature of prophetic movements and transcultural supernaturalism. He suggests that it is important to make a distinction between pluralistic supernaturalism and ethnocentric prophetic supernaturalism in order to understand the implications of these two types of supernaturalism for the survival of humankind and the world.
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About the author

J. Pandian

D. Jacob Pandian is Professor and former chairperson in the Department of Anthropology at California State University, Fullerton, California, USA. He has authored many boks and papers on anthropological theory and religion. His most recent book, Supernaturalism in Human Life, was published in 2002.

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Title Supernaturalism in Human Life: A Discourse on Myth, Ritual and Religion
Author J. Pandian
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Vedams Books
Language: English
isbn 8179360059
length 272p., Bibliography; Index.