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Author: Åke Hultkrantz Narrator: Ben Kingsley Publisher: Knowledge Products Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality Series Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9781481543477
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North, Central, and South American Indians have a rich religious heritage, though much has been lost since these peoples were conquered by Europeans. Characteristic features of Native American religion included the master of the animals, a protective spirit of a species or of all animals. Shamans, ecstatic medicine men, used supernatural powers to cure the ill. Totemism was a mysterious religious bond between the human clan and their animal guardians. There was a high god as well as many atmospheric gods, such as gods of thunder and wind. The Earth Mother was understood to work silently, influencing all.

The Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality Series describes the beliefs, religious practices, and the spiritual and moral commitments of the world’s great religious traditions. It describes a religion’s way of understanding life and its attitude and relationship to society.

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  • “Hultkrantz is without question one of the leading authorities on American Indian religions. His mind is inquiring, his perceptions are sound, his learning is substantial, and his writing is clear and engaging.”

    N. Scott Momaday

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About the Author

Åke Hultkrantz (1920–2006) was a Swedish scholar of comparative religion and shamanism. Born in Kalmar, Sweden, he and went on to study comparative religion, ethnology, and history at the University of Stockholm in 1939. After graduating in 1943, he continued studying ethnology, receiving a PhD in 1946. Throughout his career, Hultkrantz was a professor at Brandeis University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Montana, the University of Stockholm, and universities in England, Germany, and Finland. He is the author of over four hundred papers and twenty-five books on ethnology, comparative religion, and folklore.

About the Narrator

Ben Kingsley is a distinguished veteran of stage and screen. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his starring role in Ghandi, and has starred in other memorable films, such as Bugsy, Sneakers, and Schindler’s List.