From Mounds to Megachurches

Georgia's Religious Heritage

Author: David Salter Williams

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820336381

Category: History

Page: 219

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This sweeping overview of the role religion, especially diverse denominations of Christianity, has played in Georgia's history, from pre-colonial days to the modern era, uses the stories of important figures to portray larger historical narratives and denominational battles.

Early Art of the Southeastern Indians

Feathered Serpents & Winged Beings

Author: Susan C. Power

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820325019

Category: Art

Page: 254

View: 1854


Early Art of the Southeastern Indians is a visual journey through time, highlighting some of the most skillfully created art in native North America. The remarkable objects described and pictured here, many in full color, reveal the hands of master artists who developed lapidary and weaving traditions, established centers for production of shell and copper objects, and created the first ceramics in North America. Presenting artifacts originating in the Archaic through the Mississippian periods--from thousands of years ago through A.D. 1600--Susan C. Power introduces us to an extraordinary assortment of ceremonial and functional objects, including pipes, vessels, figurines, and much more. Drawn from every corner of the Southeast--from Louisiana to the Ohio River valley, from Florida to Oklahoma--the pieces chronicle the emergence of new media and the mastery of new techniques as they offer clues to their creators’ widening awareness of their physical and spiritual worlds. The most complex works, writes Power, were linked to male (and sometimes female) leaders. Wearing bold ensembles consisting of symbolic colors, sacred media, and richly complex designs, the leaders controlled large ceremonial centers that were noteworthy in regional art history, such as Etowah, Georgia; Spiro, Oklahoma; Cahokia, Illinois; and Moundville, Alabama. Many objects were used locally; others circulated to distant locales. Power comments on the widening of artists’ subjects, starting with animals and insects, moving to humans, then culminating in supernatural combinations of both, and she discusses how a piece’s artistic “language” could function as a visual shorthand in local style and expression, yet embody an iconography of regional proportions. The remarkable achievements of these southeastern artists delight the senses and engage the mind while giving a brief glimpse into the rich, symbolic world of feathered serpents and winged beings.

American Exodus

Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival

Author: Giles Slade

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550925482

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 1089


As temperatures rise, declines in agricultural production and freshwater supply will diminish US carrying capacity by 2/3, and rising sea levels will impact the country's most densely populated regions. A frightening survey of what's to come, American Exodus argues that mankind can survive the coming century of climate chaos if we act quickly to preserve our shelter of last resort.

Native American Religions

North America

Author: Lawrence Eugene Sullivan

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers


Category: Religion

Page: 220

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Part of a series covering the history, practices and beliefs of religions this book provides an account of the natural religions of North America, from Blackfeet and Navajo religion to Shamanism. It also gives an insight into religious drama, dance, myth and music.

Native American Spirituality

A Critical Reader

Author: Lee Irwin

Publisher: Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803282612

Category: History

Page: 334

View: 4464


Essays explore the meanings, experiences, beliefs and practices of traditional Native American spirituality and Native Christianity in the twenty-first century.

The Geography of Religion

Faith, Place, and Space

Author: Roger W. Stump

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0742581497

Category: Social Science

Page: 442

View: 2943


The only book of its kind, this balanced and accessibly written text explores the geographical study of religion. Roger W. Stump presents a clear and meticulous examination of the intersection of religious belief and practice with the concepts of place and space. He begins by analyzing the factors that have shaped the spatial distributions of religious groups, including the seminal events that have fostered the organization of religions in diverse hearths and the subsequent processes of migration and conversion that have spread religious beliefs. The author then assesses how major religions have diversified as they have become established in disparate places, producing a variety of religious systems from a common tradition. Stump explores the efforts of religious groups to control secular space at various scales, relating their own uses of particular spaces and the meanings they attribute to space beyond the boundaries of their own communities. Examining sacred space as a diverse but recurring theme in religious belief, the book considers its role in religious forms of spatial behavior and as a source of conflict within and between religious groups. Refreshingly jargon-free and impartial, this text provides a broad, comparative view of religion as a focus of geographical inquiry.