The Anthropology of Religious Charisma

Ecstasies and Institutions

  • Editors
  • Charles Lindholm

Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Charisma in Theory and Practice

    1. Charles Lindholm
      Pages 1-30
  3. Performing Charisma

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Keping Wu
      Pages 33-57
  4. Gendering Charisma

  5. Religious Charisma and Politics

  6. Posthumous Charisma

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 239-248

About this book


According to Max Weber, charisma is opposed to bureaucratic order. This collection reveals the limits of that formula. The contributors show how charisma is a part of cultural frameworks while retaining its ecstatic character among American and Italian Catholics, Syrian Sufis, Taiwanese Buddhists, Hassidic Jews, and Amazonian shamans, among others.


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