Long a fascinating but problematic category of religious studies, "syncretism" is an elastic term that describes a wide range of practices characterized by the mixing or overlap of traditions. Syncretism in Religion offers the student a broad selection of essays, both classical contributions to the study of syncretism and new essays commissioned especially for this volume. Some important selections appear here in English for the first time. Also included is a list of references for further reading.

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General Introduction

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PART II The Historical Background of the Term Syncretism: The Problem of Definition

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PART III Syncretism: The Dynamics of Religion

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Introduction to Part III

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Problems of Religious Syncretism

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PART IV Religions in Contact: Power, Syncretism, and Creolization

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PART V Category Problems and Theoretical Suspense

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