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29. What Became of Superhuman Beings?: Companions and Field Guides in the Study of Religion

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1. Title Title of document 29. What Became of Superhuman Beings?: Companions and Field Guides in the Study of Religion - Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Ingvild Gilhus; University of Bergen;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religion; History
4. Subject Keyword(s) comparative religion; superhuman beings; scholarly concepts; scholarly book genres
6. Description Abstract The article takes its point of departure in a survey of encyclopedias, companions and field guides in the study of religion. While superhuman beings have pride of place in a main type of definitions of religions, they waver between a theological cum phenomenological and a cultural approach in the encyclopedia; are in the main absent or theologically described in leading companions and guides; are in focus in cognitive studies; and display great activity in works on specific religions. There is a certain ambiguity, bordering to schizophrenia, both between the genres and even within one single book when it comes to how superhuman beings are treated. The article argues that it is difficult to investigate and speak about religion without developing analytical and critical concepts referring to superhuman beings.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Feb-2016
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.28127
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) international,
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd