By David Levinson
With a variety of examples from cultures around the globe, faith: A Cross-Cultural Dictionary files, describes, and explains either the commonalities and changes in how humans event and convey their spiritual ideals and spirituality. transparent and concise articles clarify the numerous philosophies, dogma, practices, and origins of the 16 religions with all over the world following. Dozens of different articles offer a convenient connection with either styles of similarity and distinction in non secular perform around the cultures of the area. All cultures, for instance, have ideals in supernatural beings, spiritual leaders, and burial rituals, yet they range broadly of their ideals concerning the evil eye, dream interpretation, and the facility of sorcerers. purposes for those similarities and ameliorations are mentioned, with attention-grabbing cross-cultural examples of spiritual customs and practices. Many unifying issues floor as writer David Levinson exhibits how humans all over the world show their courting to the supernatural international. those styles of dating contain these in line with soul trips, ownership by means of spirits, magical formulation, ideals in god and goddesses, options concerning the after existence, and taboos on consuming yes meals. supplying an intensive chronology of the historical past of faith starting with the emergence of shamanism a few 50,000 years in the past, this conscientiously researched publication is key for somebody drawn to humanity's spiritual and non secular variety.