Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

30. Is Voodoo really a religion?

Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

Emily D. Crews [+-]
University of Chicago Divinity School
Emily D. Crews is a PhD Candidate in History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her research considers projects of identity construction, maintenance, and negotiation in African and African diaspora religions, with a particular focus on gender and the body. In the classroom she thinks with students about major categories and ideas in the study of religion through everyday phenomena like friendship, fantasy novels, Greek life, and the Great Emu War of 1932.


Religion in Five Minutes provides an accessible and lively introduction to the questions about religion and religious behaviour that interest most of us, whether or not we personally identify with -- or practice -- a religion. Suitable for beginning students and the general reader, the book offers more than 60 brief essays on a wide range of fascinating questions about religion and its study, such as: How did religion start? What religion is the oldest? Who are the Nones? Why do women seem to play lesser roles in many religions? What’s the difference between a religion and a cult? Is Europe less religious than North America? Is Buddhism a philosophy? How do we study religions of groups who no longer exist? Each essay is written by a leading authority and offers succinct, insightful answers along with suggestions for further reading, making the book an ideal starting point for classroom use or personal browsing.

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Crews, Emily. 30. Is Voodoo really a religion?. Religion in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 119-121 Aug 2017. ISBN 9781781794654. Date accessed: 21 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.33004. Aug 2017

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