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Some Anthropological Configurations

Author(s): Nonka Bogomilova
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure
Published by: Пловдивски университет »Паисий Хилендарски«
Keywords: religion; anthropology; traditional religiosity; neo-magical trends
Summary/Abstract: The paper examines some anthropological configurations related to the study and the essence of religion. The view that religion is of an ambivalent nature is shared by certain classic, modern, and postmodern thinkers, like F. Schleiermacher, I. Kant, the early Hegel, H. Bergson, S. Kierkegaard, P. Tillich, E. Fromm, etc. These authors refer to two kinds of religion, each of which has a separate definition: traditional, authoritarian, communal on the one hand, and personal, exalted, mystical on the other. The relation of religion to the group identities and to the conflict generating factors is analyzed. The contemporary transformations of traditional religiosity and the neo-magical trends and forms are outlined: their hybrid, syncretic character, including elements of popular religiosity and non-traditional practices of healing, eating, social communication, etc.