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TantraSex, Secrecy, Politics, and Power in the Study of Religion

Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics, and Power in the Study of Religion

Hugh Urban

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520230620
eISBN:
9780520936898
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520230620.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

A complex body of religious practices that spread throughout the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions; a form of spirituality that seemingly combines sexuality, sensual pleasure, and the full range ... More

Text as FatherPaternal Seductions in Early Mahayana Buddhist Literature

Text as Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahayana Buddhist Literature

Alan Cole

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520242760
eISBN:
9780520931404
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520242760.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This work sheds new light on the origins and nature of Mahayana Buddhism, with close readings of four well-known texts: the Lotus Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Tathagatagarbha Sutra, and Vimalakirti Nirdesa. ... More

That Religion in Which All Men AgreeFreemasonry in American Culture

That Religion in Which All Men Agree: Freemasonry in American Culture

David G. Hackett

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780520281677
eISBN:
9780520957626
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520281677.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This book weaves the story of Freemasonry into the narrative of American religious history. Coming to colonial America freighted with the mythical legacies of stonemasons’ guilds and the Newtonian ... More

Theatrical Shows and Ascetic LivesJohn Chrysostom's Attack on Spiritual Marriage

Theatrical Shows and Ascetic Lives: John Chrysostom's Attack on Spiritual Marriage

Blake Leyerle

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520215580
eISBN:
9780520921634
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520215580.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This book provides an original and rewarding context for understanding the prolific fourth-century Christian theologian John Chrysostom and the religious and social world in which he lived. The book ... More

Them That BelieveThe Power and Meaning of the Christian Serpent-Handling Tradition

Them That Believe: The Power and Meaning of the Christian Serpent-Handling Tradition

Ralph Hood, Jr. and W. Paul Williamson

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231474
eISBN:
9780520942714
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231474.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Although outlawed in many states, serpent handling remains an active religious practice—and one that is far more stereotyped than understood. The authors of this volume have spent fifteen years ... More

Unsettled MindsPsychology and the American Search for Spiritual Assurance, 1830–1940

Unsettled Minds: Psychology and the American Search for Spiritual Assurance, 1830–1940

Christopher White

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520256798
eISBN:
9780520942721
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520256798.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This book examines how nineteenth- and twentieth-century American believers rejected older, often evangelical, theological traditions and turned to scientific psychologies to formulate new ideas ... More

Way and BywayTaoism, Local Religion, and Models of Divinity in Sung and Modern China

Way and Byway: Taoism, Local Religion, and Models of Divinity in Sung and Modern China

Robert Hymes

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520207585
eISBN:
9780520935136
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520207585.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Using a combination of newly mined Sung sources and modern ethnography, this book addresses questions that have perplexed China scholars in recent years. Were Chinese gods celestial officials, ... More

We Are Amphibians

We Are Amphibians

R. S. Deese

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780520281523
eISBN:
9780520959569
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520281523.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book explores the life and work of two brothers, a scientist and an artist, who changed the way we think about science, religion, and the future of our species. As an evolutionary biologist and ... More

Who Are the Jews of India?

Who Are the Jews of India?

Nathan Katz

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520213234
eISBN:
9780520920729
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520213234.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Of all the Diaspora communities, the Jews of India are among the least known and most interesting. This study, full of vivid details of everyday life, looks in depth at the religious life of the ... More

Why Aren't Jewish Women Circumcised?Gender and Covenant in Judaism

Why Aren't Jewish Women Circumcised?: Gender and Covenant in Judaism

Shaye Cohen

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520212503
eISBN:
9780520920491
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520212503.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Why aren't Jewish women circumcised? This improbable question, first advanced by anti-Jewish Christian polemicists, is the point of departure for this wide-ranging exploration of gender and ... More

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