By Carol L. Howell

ISBN-10: 0585028559

ISBN-13: 9780585028552

ISBN-10: 0870814745

ISBN-13: 9780870814747

Omer Stewart is so much famous for his career-long research of the Peyote faith. His mentor, A.L. Kroeber, instilled in him an abiding admire for cultural edition. employing this basic precept to his paintings within the Nineteen Thirties, Omer used to be stunned to discover himself at odds with many impressive colleagues. With attribute self-confidence, he was once undeterred in his attempt to record the faith, shield its perform, and push open the door to utilized anthropology.

In Cannibalism Is an obtained Taste, Carol L. Howell weaves jointly taped interviews with Stewart; excerpts from his letters, notes, and papers; and reminiscences of relatives and others. the result's a desirable cartoon not just of Omer Stewart as somebody but additionally of his contributions to the sector of anthropology and the educational and social milieu during which he participated. A needs to for anthropologists and somebody attracted to the paintings of biography.

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A thousand times before he had stood on this spot and greeted the Mormon brothers and sisters to whom he was bonded. A thousand times before he had approached the Mormon Temple anticipating the comfort of divine ritual. The similarities were undeniable and yet . . he almost laughed out loud at the thought of convincing his mother that so much as a single thread of common experience could span the cultural divide. The trace of a smile lingered, then all thoughts vanished in an electrifying instantthe prayer of the roadman began its journey from White Rocks, Utah, to the Universe for a blessing on the tepee and all who would enter it this evening.

It wasn't long before they wanted something in their diet more substantial than the leftover milk. That was when we all learned about how much annual variation there can be in the yield of a crop of acorns. Whereas the previous year's production was abundant, there were now few to be found. The pigs refused to just go away and come back fat; they kept hanging around the house looking like we should be feeding them! " The pot guts also liked acorns and it seemed to us that if we rid ourselves of these scavengers there would be enough acorns for our pigs.

To go beyond that definition, to say that one supernatural power is more credible than another, is meaningless. Religions are equal throughout the world. All people like their religion, they all use their religion for the same purpose. It gives them comfort, it helps them in difficult times, it gives them hope for the future. People want to believe in supernatural power, they don't want to be in charge of everything, all the time. The roots of any religion are in a peoples' attempts to explain the unknown, to come up with answers for very real questions about the nature of life and death, and of sickness and afflictions.

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