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Living with the gods : on beliefs and peoples

by MacGregor, Neil, 1946-

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction BL60.M23 2018
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In the same format as his best-selling books A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany: Memories of a Nation --the acclaimed art historian now gives us a magnificent new book that explores the relationship between faith and society.

Until fairly recently, religion as a major influence on the nature of individual societies around the world seemed to be on the wane. Now, far from being marginalized, the relationship between faith and society has moved to the center of politics and global conversation. Neil MacGregor's new book traces the ways in which different societies have understood and articulated their places in the cosmic scheme. It examines mankind's beliefs not from the perspective of institutional religions but according to how shared narratives have shaped societies--and what happens when different narratives run up against each other. As he did in A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany: Memories of a Nation, MacGregor brilliantly combines objects, places, and ideas to examine and, ultimately, illuminate these pressing contemporary concerns.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A former director of the British Museum, MacGregor plumbs the institution's eight-million-piece collection to illustrate this accompanying volume to a 30-part BBC radio series reminiscent in scope and tone of two famous television series, Civilization and The Ascent of Man, some 49 and 45 years ago, respectively. The 30 parts, here rendered into chapters, are disposed in broad topical sections concerned with the primal inspirations of belief, communal belief, places and practices of worship, religious imagery, monotheism and polytheism, and religion and politics. Particular chapters are indicatively titled, such as Water of Life and Death in the first part, Let Us Pray in the second, Holy Killing (i.e., sacrifice) in the third, The Protectoresses in the fourth, Spirits of Place in the fifth, and Thy Kingdom Come in the last. The writing is clear and personable, and the illustrations nothing short of spectacular 230 images in both color and black and white. A fine popular work on the material history of religion.--Ray Olson Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "MacGregor (A History of the World in 100 Objects), former director of the British Museum, assembles art objects to understand belief through the ages in a book that reads like a guided tour of the museum. MacGregor organizes the tour into six themes: the place of humans in the universe, community through belief, the performance of faith, faith work performed by images, the argument between mono- and poly-theism, and the relationship between divine and earthly power. For each section, MacGregor selects a number of items, including some not in the museum's collections, such as the patterned stone at Newgrange and cave paintings in South Africa. For the most part, though, he depends on the museum-and the experts who work there-for discussions of, for instance, the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Marbles, the Sutton Hoo mask, and Egyptian mummies. (There is, perhaps surprisingly, no acknowledgement of recent controversies regarding the sourcing and ownership of many of these objects.) The commentary of experts is set off from the rest of the text in italic type, giving the book the feel of actual museum notes next to artifacts. This is a visually propulsive catalogue of the wonders of the British Museum. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Religion and sociology.
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First United States edition.
Language English
Notes "This is a Borzoi book published by Alfred A. Knopf"--Title page verso.
Description xxiii, 488 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 476-478) and index.
ISBN 9780525521464
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