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Elizabeth Koepping
Food, Friends and Funerals
On Lived Religion
Reihe: Anthropology of Religion. Religionsethnologie
Bd. 1, 2008, 208 S., 29.90 EUR, 29.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-8258-1110-5

This is a wide-ranging yet incisive text on 'religion from below' by an anthropologist, based on many years of field-work in Borneo and Australia and current teaching in practical theology and religious studies. It argues that rural Lutherans in Australia, and rural Anglicans, Muslims and local religionists in Malaysia, whose views form the core of the book, discern their religious identity primarily in terms of their food, friends and partners and funeral practices, and only secondarily - if at all - in terms of belief and doctrine. It also critiques ego-centred and ethnocentred approaches to religion too often apparent in religious studies and missiology.

She teaches World Christianity and Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, regularly lectures in North America and Asia, and as well as preparing separate ethnographies of Kadazan in eastern Sabah and Lutherans of German origin in South Australia, is currently working on the theological implications of domestic violence in Asia.

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