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The Social Character of Belief

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Title: The Social Character of Belief
Author: Shelton, Nathan
Department: CPGC: 2010 Summer Intern
Department: Swarthmore College. Dept. of Linguistics
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: The work that follows was inspired by linguistic fieldwork I conducted in northern Paraguay with the Ishir/Chamacoco people. ... In this work I will look past the facile explanation that reduces belief to power, and into the social heart of belief. This work is an attempt to explain what belief is, how it happens, and what it makes us do.
Subject: Chamacoco mythology
Subject: Chamacoco Indians -- Social conditions
Subject: Chamacoco Indians -- Religion
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