Food, Friends and Funerals

On Lived Religion

By Elizabeth Koepping

This is a wide-ranging yet incisive text on 'religion from below' by an anthropologist, based on many years of field-work in Borneo and Australia and current teaching in practical theology and religious studies. It argues that rural Lutherans in Australia, and rural Anglicans, Muslims and local religionists in Malaysia, whose views form the core of the book, discern their religious identity primarily in terms of their food, friends and partners and funeral practices, and only secondarily - if at all - in terms of belief and doctrine. It also critiques ego-centred and ethnocentred approaches to religion too often apparent in religious studies and missiology.


208 pages

Publication Date: 6/30/2008
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783825811105