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The Resource Living with the Gods : On Beliefs and Peoples, Neil MacGregor

Living with the Gods : On Beliefs and Peoples, Neil MacGregor

Label
Living with the Gods : On Beliefs and Peoples
Title
Living with the Gods
Title remainder
On Beliefs and Peoples
Statement of responsibility
Neil MacGregor
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "One of the central facts of human existence is that every known society shares a set of beliefs and assumptions--a faith, an ideology, a religion--that goes far beyond the life of the individual. These beliefs are an essential part of a shared identity. They have a unique power to define--and to divide--us and are a driving force in the politics of much of the world today. Throughout history they have most often been, in the widest sense, religious. Yet this book is not a history of religion nor an argument in favor of faith. It is about the stories that give shape to our lives, and the different ways in which societies imagine their place in the world. Looking across history and around the globe, [this book] interrogates objects, places, and human activities to try to understand what shared beliefs can mean in the public life of a community or a nation, how they shape the relationship between the individual and the state, and how they help give us our sense of who we are. In deciding how we live with our gods, we also decide how to live with one another."--Dust jacket
  • "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"--
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LBSOR/DLC
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1946-
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MacGregor, Neil
Dewey number
200.9
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
Text in English
LC call number
BL60
LC item number
.M23 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Religion and sociology
  • Mythology
  • Civilization
Label
Living with the Gods : On Beliefs and Peoples, Neil MacGregor
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Publication
Note
  • "This is a Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf."
  • "Originally published in Great Britain by Allen Lane, and imprint of Penguin Books, London."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [476]-478) 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
Introduction: Believing and belonging -- Part one: Our place in the pattern. The beginnings of belief ; Fire and state ; Water of life and death ; The return of the light ; Harvest and homage -- Part two: Believing together. Living with the dead ; Birth and the body ; A place in tradition ; Let us pray ; The power of song -- Part three: Theatres of faith. The house of God ; Gifts to the gods ; Holy killing ; To be a pilgrim ; Festival time -- Part four: The power of images. The protectoresses ; The work of art in times of spiritual reproduction ; The accretion of meaning ; Change your life ; Rejecting the image, revering the word -- Part five: One god or many. The blessings of many gods ; The power of one ; Spirits of place ; If God be with us ; Tolerating and not tolerating -- Part six: Powers earthly and divine. The mandate of Heaven ; Thy kingdom come ; Turning the screw ; "There is no God!" ; Living with each other
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First United States edition.
Extent
xxiii, 488 pages
Isbn
9780525521464
Lccn
2018030942
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • on1047524335
  • (OCoLC)1047524335
  • 2417238
Label
Living with the Gods : On Beliefs and Peoples, Neil MacGregor
Publication
Note
  • "This is a Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf."
  • "Originally published in Great Britain by Allen Lane, and imprint of Penguin Books, London."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [476]-478) 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
Introduction: Believing and belonging -- Part one: Our place in the pattern. The beginnings of belief ; Fire and state ; Water of life and death ; The return of the light ; Harvest and homage -- Part two: Believing together. Living with the dead ; Birth and the body ; A place in tradition ; Let us pray ; The power of song -- Part three: Theatres of faith. The house of God ; Gifts to the gods ; Holy killing ; To be a pilgrim ; Festival time -- Part four: The power of images. The protectoresses ; The work of art in times of spiritual reproduction ; The accretion of meaning ; Change your life ; Rejecting the image, revering the word -- Part five: One god or many. The blessings of many gods ; The power of one ; Spirits of place ; If God be with us ; Tolerating and not tolerating -- Part six: Powers earthly and divine. The mandate of Heaven ; Thy kingdom come ; Turning the screw ; "There is no God!" ; Living with each other
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First United States edition.
Extent
xxiii, 488 pages
Isbn
9780525521464
Lccn
2018030942
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • on1047524335
  • (OCoLC)1047524335
  • 2417238

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