Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Empire of ReligionImperialism and Comparative Religion$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David Chidester

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226117263

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226117577.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 05 April 2020

Animals and Animism

Animals and Animism

Chapter:
(p.91) Chapter Four Animals and Animism
Source:
Empire of Religion
Author(s):

David Chidester

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226117577.003.0004

Locating cognitive studies of religion within the history of imperial relations between Great Britain and South Africa, with special attention to the work of Charles Darwin and E. B. Tylor, this chapter examines Darwin's theory of the origin of religion, based on an animal psychology shared by dogs and savages, in the attribution of life to inanimate objects and the submission to a higher power. Against this background, the chapter explores how imperial psychology of religion intersected with race, gender, and social class. Turning to the father of British social anthropology, E. B. Tylor, the chapter traces Tylor's theory of animism to reports about Zulu dreaming, especially the diviner who became a “house of dreams” in Henry Callaway's Religious System of the Amazulu (1868-70). Tylor's reduction of religion to animism ignored not only the colonial conditions in which his data was produced but also the hermeneutics and energetics of dreams in Zulu religion.

Keywords:   animism, cognitive science, Darwin, dogs, dreaming, psychology of religion, Tylor, Zulu religion

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.