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Title: Women's Religious Experience in Prehistoric and Small Scale Societies
Contributor(s): Relke, Joan Rosalind (author)
Publication Date: 2002
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Abstract: Women's religious lives in contemporary state-based cultures seem toexist on the periphery of centralised religions headed by male clergies and male defined institutions and rituals. This was not always so for women. For over 97% of our history as human beings, women and men have participated fully in the religious lives of their communities, each in their own clearly defined spheres. Drawing on examples from women-focused anthropology and evidence from ancient history, this essay explores some aspects of women's religious lives in prehistoric and contemporary small-scale cultures, previously hidden from Western eyes by assumptions and biases which, until recently, informed anthropological investigations.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Religion Studies Review, 15(2), p. 69-81
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: Sydney
ISSN: 1031-2943
Field of Research (FOR): 220405 Religion and Society
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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