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In The Quest Mircea Eliade stresses the cultural functionality learn of the background of religions can play in a secularized society. He writes for the clever normal reader within the wish that what he calls a brand new humanism "will be engendered by means of a war of words of contemporary Western guy with unknown or much less primary worlds of meaning."

"Each of those essays comprises insights on the way to be fruitful and hard for pro scholars of faith, yet whilst all of them preserve the type of cultural relevance and readability of favor which makes them available to somebody heavily occupied with guy and his non secular possibilities."—Joseph M. Kitagawa, Religious Education

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Thomas; 6 the books and articles of J. Layard,7 W. E. Miihlmann,8 E. Schlesier, and C. A. Schmitz. nine For the Americas we will cite the works of M. Gusinde,10 De Goeje,l1 three. R. Thurnwald, "Primitive Initiation -und Wiedergeburtsriten," Eranos lahrbuch, 7 (1946): 321-28; see additionally E. M. Loeb, Tribal Initiation and mystery Societies. collage of California courses in American Archaeology and Ethnology, vol. XXV (Berkeley and la, 1929), pp. 24g-88; J. W. M. Whiting, R. Kluckhohn, and A. Anthony, "The capabilities of Male Initiation Ceremonies at Puberty," in Readings in Social Psychology, ed. E . E. Maccoby, Theodore Newcomb, and C. Hartley (New York, 1958), pp. 359-70; Edward Norbeck, D. Walker, and M. Cohn, "The Interpretation of knowledge: Puberty Rites," American Anthropologist, sixty four (1964) : 463-85. four. F. Speiser, "Uber Initiationen in Australien und Neuguinea," in Verhandlungen der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Basel (1929), pp. 56258; "Kulturgeschichtliche Betrachtun/! :en tiber die Initiationen in def Stidsee," Bulletin der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft fur Anthropologie und Ethnologie, 22 (1945-46): 28-61. five. Ralph Piddington, "Karadjeri Initiation," Oceania, three (19. '32-. '33): 46-87. 6. Donald F. Thomson, "The Hero-Cult, Initiation and Totemism on Cape York," The magazine of the RO! lal Anthropological Institute, sixty three (1933) : 453537. See additionally E. A. Worms, "Initiationsfeiern einiger Ktisten -und Binnenlandstamme in Nord-Westaustralien," Annali Lateranensi, 2 (1938): 147-74. 7. John W. Layard, Stone males of Malekula (London, lQ42); "The Making 01 guy in Malekula," Eranos Jahrbuch, sixteen (1948): 209 ff. eight. W. E. Mtihlmann, Arioi und Mamaia (Wiesbaden, 1955). nine. Erhard Schlesier, Die melanesische Geheimkulte (COttingen, 1956). See additionally C. A. Schmitz, "Die Initiation bei den Pasum am Oberen Rumu, Nordost-Neuguinea," Zeitschrift fur Ethllologie, eighty one (19,,6): 236-46; "Zum challenge des Balumkultes," Paideuma, 6 (1957): 257-80. Dr. P. Hermann Bader, Die Reifefeiern bei den N{!. adha (Modlin~, n. d. ); C. Laufer, "Jugendinitiation und Sakraltanze def Baining," Anthropos, fifty four (1959): 905-38; P. Alphons Schaefer, "Zur Initiation im Wagi-Tal," Anthropos, 33 (1938): 401-23: Hubert Kroll, "Der Iniet. Das Wesen eines melanesischen Geheimbundes," Zeitschrift fur Ethnologie, 70 (1937): 180-220. 10. M. Gusinde, Die Yamana (Modling, 1937 ),! P' 940 ff. eleven. C. H. de Goeje, "Philosophy, Initiation an Myths of the Indian Guiana and adjoining Countries," Internationales Archiv fur Ethnographie, forty four (1943). See additionally A. Metraux, "Les rites d'initiation dans Ie vaudou haltien," 118 INITIATION J. Haeckel,12 W. Milller,13 and a few others. For Africa we will notice the monographs of E. Johanssen, Mysterien eines Bantu-Volkes (1925), L. Bittremieux, l. a. Societe secrete des Bakhimba (1934), and A. M. Vergiat, Les Rites secrets and techniques des primitifs de l'Oubangui ( 1936); the paintings of Audrey 1. Richards at the women' initiation one of the Bemba, Chisungu (1956), and particularly the volumes of D. Zahan at the Bambara initiation. 14 because of contemporary learn, we have now unique and infrequently considerable info about the initiation ceremonies between a few primitive peoples, as, for instance, the works of M.

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