A cross-cultural comparison of spiritualist belief systems

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dc.contributor.advisor Coffin, James L. en_US
dc.contributor.author McAlhaney, James en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:34:35Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:34:35Z
dc.date.created 1987 en_US
dc.date.issued 1987
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1987 .M33 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/183475
dc.description.abstract This study compares spiritualist belief systems found in Africa, China and the United States. The purpose is to determine the functions these belief systems serve for their adherents and to isolate the features common to all three systems and find possible explanations for the similarities.Original fieldwork was conducted at Camp Chesterfield, Chesterfield, Indiana to obtain data for the chapter on the United States. The fieldwork and data of other scholars was utilized for the chapters on China and Africa.Belief systems from these three culture areas are described in terms of history, social and economic environment, cosmology, and ritual. Similarities in cosmology and ritual are then discussed. Functions, ritual aspects, and cosmology common to all three areas are identified. Diffusion as a possible cause of the similarities is eliminated in favor of psychological/physiological experiences with are universally possible, even if never actualized, to all human beings.
dc.format.extent 110 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Spiritualism. en_US
dc.title A cross-cultural comparison of spiritualist belief systems en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/475282 en_US


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