Faculty Favorites: Mr. Wahlgren

This week’s Faculty Favorite, The Ghost Dance: The Origins of Religion, by Weston Le Barre, is from Mr. Wahlgren.  screenshot-2016-10-05-at-12-50-45-pmLe Barre is a well-known anthropologist and ethnographer whose fieldwork across the globe provided the basis for his theories about the origins of religion. Mr. Wahlgren particularly enjoyed this book because it included the “Search for the origins of religion, employing psychology and anthropology to explain elements of Greek, Egyptian, Jewish, Christian, shamanic and Native American religion.” Want to find out more? Read the synopsis below:

The Ghost Dance: The Origins of Religion by Weston La Barre (1915-1996) is a classic search for the origins of religion, employing psychology and anthropology to explain elements of Greek, Egyptian, Jewish, Christian, shamanic and Native American religion.

The Ghost Dance offers a fascinating exploration of the history and origins of religious belief from earliest times to the present day. The Ghost Dance takes its place beside other great studies of religion, such as those by Sigmund Freud, Geza Roheim or Mircea Eliade. It draws together his explorations of shamanism, world religion, Native American culture, altered states of consciousness and the use of drugs in belief systems.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com
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