Praying and Preying

Christianity in Indigenous Amazonia

Praying and Preying

Praying and Preying offers one of the rare anthropological monographs on the Christian experience of contemporary Amazonian indigenous peoples, based on an ethnographic study of the relationship between the Wari’, inhabitants of Brazilian Amazonia, and the Evangelical missionaries of the New Tribes Mission. Vilaça turns to a vast range of historical, ethnographic and mythological material related to both the Wari’ and missionaries perspectives and the author’s own ethnographic field notes from her more than 30-year involvement with the Wari’ community. Developing a close dialogue between the Melanesian literature, which informs much of the recent work in the Anthropology of Christianity, and the concepts and theories deriving from Amazonian ethnology, in particular the notions of openness to the other, unstable dualism, and perspectivism, the author provides a fine-grained analysis of the equivocations and paradoxes that underlie the translation processes performed by the different agents involved and their implications for the transformation of the native notion of personhood.

Material Religion in Modern Britain

The Spirit of Things

Material Religion in Modern Britain

This volume contributes towards to developments in the study of religion that illuminate the plural nature of religious change in modern Britain. It makes a critical intervention in British studies of religion by bringing the analytical insights of material culture, to bear on religion in the British World.

The Symbolism of the Biblical World

Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Book of Psalms

The Symbolism of the Biblical World

When Othmar Keel's book first appeared in Germany in 1972, it was a pioneering study, the first to compare systematically the conceptual world of a biblical book with that of ancient Near Eastern iconography. First translated into English in 1978, the book has proven its lasting value for exegesis of the Psalms, the comparative study of the Bible and its world, and the study of ancient Near Eastern art and iconography.

Strong and Weak

Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing

Strong and Weak

Two common temptations lure us away from abundant living—withdrawing into safety or grasping for power. True flourishing, says Andy Crouch, travels down an unexpected path—being both strong and weak. Regardless of your stage or role in life, here is a way of love and risk so that we all, even the most vulnerable, can flourish.

The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies

The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies

Disability is a broad, heterogeneous, and porous identity, and that diversity is reflected in the variety of bodily conditions under discussion here, including autism and intellectual disability, deafness, blindness, and mobility impairment often coupled with bodily deformity. Cultural Disability Studies has, from its inception, been oriented toward physical and sensory disabilities, and has generally been less effective in dealing with cognitive and intellectual impairments and with the sorts of emotions and behaviors that in our era are often medicalized as "mental illness." In that context, it is notable that so many of these essays are centrally concerned with madness, that broad and ever-shifting cultural category. There is also in impressive diversity of subject matter including YouTube videos, Ghanaian drumming, Cirque du Soleil, piano competitions, castrati, medieval smoking songs, and popular musicals. Amid this diversity of time, place, style, medium, and topic, the chapters share two core commitments.0First, they are united in their theoretical and methodological connection to Disability Studies, especially its central idea that disability is a social and cultural construction. Disability both shapes and is shaped by culture, including musical culture. Second, these essays individually and collectively make the case that disability is not something at the periphery of culture and music, but something central to our art and to our humanity.

The Battle Against The Spirit of Impossibility

The Battle Against The Spirit of Impossibility

The Battle Against the Spirit of Impossibility Uncommon battles require uncommon warfare strategies. The new warfare strategy, which the Holy Ghost has factored, is the subject of this book. Divinely inspired, well researched, carefully written, well laced with scriptures and offered in a simple readable form. This book will put paid to every form of spiritual harassment. It will surely deal a decisive blow on every enemy of your progress. Careful attention to details coupled with the aggressive use of the prayer points contained in this book will give you a permanent victory over the spirit of impossibility.

The New-England Primer

Improved for the More Easy Attaining the True Reading of English : to which is Added The Assembly of Divines, and Mr. Cotton's Catechism

The New-England Primer

Reprint of the primer used in America in colonial days to teach people to read in preparation for studying the Bible.