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A million and one gods : the persistence of polytheism, Page duBois

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A million and one gods : the persistence of polytheism
Title
A million and one gods
Title remainder
the persistence of polytheism
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Page duBois
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Language
eng
Summary
Many people worship not just one but many gods. Yet a relentless prejudice against polytheism denies legitimacy to some of the world's oldest and richest religious traditions. In her examination of polytheistic cultures both ancient and contemporary--those of Greece and Rome, the Bible and the Quran, as well as modern India--Page duBois refutes the idea that the worship of multiple gods naturally evolves over time into the "higher" belief in a single deity. In A Million and One Gods, she shows that polytheism has endured intact for millennia even in the West, despite the many hidden ways that monotheistic thought continues to shape Western outlooks. In English usage, the word "polytheism" comes from the seventeenth-century writings of Samuel Purchas. It was pejorative from the beginning--a word to distinguish the belief system of backward peoples from the more theologically advanced religion of Protestant Christians. Today, when monotheistic fundamentalisms too often drive people to commit violent acts, polytheism remains a scandalous presence in societies still oriented according to Jewish, Christian, and Muslim beliefs. Even in the multicultural milieus of twenty-first-century America and Great Britain, polytheism finds itself marginalized. Yet it persists, perhaps because polytheism corresponds to unconscious needs and deeply held values of tolerance, diversity, and equality that are central to civilized societies. --Provided by publisher
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DuBois, Page
Dewey number
201/.4
Index
index present
LC call number
BL217
LC item number
.D83 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Polytheism
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A million and one gods : the persistence of polytheism, Page duBois
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Copyright
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
The prejudice against polytheism -- Greeks, Romans, and their many gods -- The polytheism of monotheism -- The politics of polytheism
Control code
861478317
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
199 pages
Isbn
9780674728837
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2013040259
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)861478317
Label
A million and one gods : the persistence of polytheism, Page duBois
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The prejudice against polytheism -- Greeks, Romans, and their many gods -- The polytheism of monotheism -- The politics of polytheism
Control code
861478317
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
199 pages
Isbn
9780674728837
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2013040259
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)861478317

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