By Jesper Sørensen

Magic is a common phenomenon. in every single place we glance humans practice ritual activities within which fascinating traits are transferred by way of actual touch and items or people are manipulated via issues in their likeness. during this ebook Sørensen embraces a cognitive viewpoint on the way to examine this usual yet arguable subject. Following a critique of the conventional ways to magic, and basing his claims on classical ethnographic situations, the writer explains magic's universality through studying a few recurrent cognitive procedures underlying its assorted manifestations. He specializes in how energy is infused into the ritual perform; how representations of contagion and similarity can be utilized to attach in a different way unique gadgets to be able to manage one by means of the opposite; and the way the functionality of formality activates representations of magical activities as powerful. Bringing those positive aspects jointly, the writer proposes a cognitive conception of ways humans can characterize magical rituals as functional activities and the way ritual activities are built-in into extra complicated representations of occasions. This clarification, in flip, yields new insights into the constitutive position of magic within the formation of institutionalised spiritual ritual.

Show description

Read or Download A Cognitive Theory of Magic (Cognitive Science of Religion) PDF

Similar religious studies books

New PDF release: Mi'kmaq Landscapes: From Animism to Sacred Ecology (Vitality

This e-book seeks to discover old alterations within the lifeworld of the Mi'kmaq Indians of jap Canada. The Mi'kmaq tradition hero Kluskap serves as a key character in discussing matters similar to traditions, altering conceptions of land, and human-environmental family. so as to not depict Mi'kmaq tradition as undying, vital classes in its historical past are tested.

Eva-Maria Walker's Die Moralisierung der Finanzmärkte als Fiktion: Fallstudie PDF

​Die Frage nach einer „Moralisierung“ der Märkte greift in der wissenschaftlichen, aber auch öffentlichen Diskussion derzeit breit um sich. Beschränkte sich die Diskussion lange Zeit auf die Bereiche des Konsums, ist neuerdings sogar die Rede von einer „Moralisierung“ der Finanzmärkte. Nur: Haben wir es hier tatsächlich mit einer „Moralisierung“ der Märkte zu tun oder nicht eher mit einem analytisch unscharfen Verständnis von „Ökonomie“ und „Moral“?

Get FLASHES OF GLORY: Showing Science and the Bible both as PDF

This e-book unfolds the inner most truths on either man’s foundation and that of the universe. in the event you now not learn it, you have to truly take no additional half in any dialogue relating to technology, the Bible and evolution. That God IS love signifies that every thing has Love as Architect: used to be created through like to BE love.

The Request and the Gift in Religious and Humanitarian by Frederick Klaits PDF

This assortment revisits classical anthropological remedies of the reward via documenting how humans might be valued either in the course of the requests they make and during what they provide. Many humanitarian practitioners, the authors suggest, regard giving to these in want because the epitome of ethical motion yet are susceptible to view these people’s requests for charity as purely utilitarian.

Extra resources for A Cognitive Theory of Magic (Cognitive Science of Religion)

Example text

Download PDF sample

A Cognitive Theory of Magic (Cognitive Science of Religion) by Jesper Sørensen


by John
4.4

Rated 4.03 of 5 – based on 17 votes