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Anders Klostergaard Petersen

Nostalgisk elegi eller idylliserende reminiscens af tanken om den ædle vilde: En review-artikel om Mikael Rothstein, Regnskovens Religion

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By virtue of its topic, the monograph pays remedy for the scarce literature on foragers-and-hunters' religion in contemporary Danish scholarship, wherefore it deserves a thorough discussion. Despite its laudable subject, it falls short on a number of accounts. In terms of philosophy of science it reflects a rather uncritical stance according to which theory not only emerges from the sources studied but also rests on idiosyncrasy: "Every man his theory." Rothstein adopts a biosemiotic perspective - never elaborated - on the Penans whose religion is claimed to mirror a natural relationship to their environment. Strangely, this perspective is not applied in the examination of Christian missionaries who are considered an invasive species. The question on gatherers-and-hunters' religion and modernity is eclipsed from the examination. Ultimately, this element in concert with the demonization of the Christian missionaries is conducive to the reappearance of tribal idyllisation and romanticism of nature.

Original languageDanish
JournalReligionsvidenskabeligt Tidsskrift
Pages (from-to)161-175
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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