Primitive Religion

Primitive Religion

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Author: Lowie, Robert H (1883-1957)

Year: 1925

Publisher: George Routledge & Son

Place: London


xix+346 pages with bibliography and index. Octavo (8 3/4" x 6"). bound in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. First English edition.

Dr. Lowrie first describes the beliefs, codes, and practices of a variety of primitive religions. He then gives a critical survey of their beliefs including their psychological and historical aspects. He presents a wealth of strange and fascinating information--details like the self-mutilation of devotees, extraordinary human sacrifices perpetrated out of fear of sorcery, and naive superstitions.

Lowie entered Columbia University where he studied under Franz Boas and with future colleagues such as Alfred Kroeber and Albert Lewis. It was at Columbia that Lowie first found his niche in anthropology and decided to make it his career. In his ethnographies Lowie has a passion for facts and accuracy and used as many informants as possible. It was this type of ethnography that Lowie mostly practiced. He did not see his task as having to be totally immersed in the culture being studied. Lowie relied almost completely upon interviews for this ethnographical research.


Corners gently bumped and rubbed, spine ends moderately rubbed, some foxing to end papers. A very good copy lacking dust wrapper.

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