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The religious practices and understandings of small indigenous societies are recognized by many to be in no way inferior to other religious beliefs. Many such cultures still exist; their prescientific, even prehistoric social and intellectual pattern includes shamans, sacrifices, totems, animism, taboos, and certain rituals and myths that reflect their unique and increasingly rare way of life.

The Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality series describes the beliefs, religious practices, and the spiritual and moral commitments of the world's great religious traditions. It describes a religion's way of understanding life and its attitude and relationship to society.

Don't miss the rest of the Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality series.
©1994 Carmichael and Carmichael, Inc. / Knowledge Products (P)1994 Carmichael and Carmichael, Inc. / Knowledge Products

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Informative audio book

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Something to think on with my spiritual thoughts

This lecture help coalesce my thoughts on my spirituality and looking at the world people’s spirituality. As my heart grows softer, I see it reflected into the world through the movies that have replaced my lost cultural stories. Perhaps the mythology teachers are the medicine people that lost their earthly roots and found a way to stay in the liminal space, in the only accepted positions, in a secular society.

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A bit odd but overall good

If you have interest in this topic I think this is a decent introduction. The audios in the series are a little bit odd or dated in their production values. But the information contained here is pretty good.

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Very well narrated and researched!

Excellent take on the topic. Makes a lot of interesting connections with precivilization religions and modern beliefs.

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Brief but informative

No doubt an introduction but I found it informative enough to evaluate the consistencies around the world.