Ernesto de Martino (1908-65) made a seminal contribution to the study of vernacular religions, producing innovative analyses of key concepts such as folklore, magic and ritual. His methodology stemmed from his training under the Italian philosopher Benedetto Croce whilst his philosophical approach to anthropology borrowed from Marx and Gramsci.Widely celebrated in continental Europe, de Martino's contribution to the study of religion has not been fully understood in the Anglophone world though some of his works - Primitive Magic: the Psychic Powers of Shamans and Sorcerers and The Land of Remorse: a Study of Southern Italian Tarantism - have been translated.This book presents a comprehensive overview of de Martino's work and the thinkers and theories which informed his writings. It assesses his contribution to the study of religions and the potential of his methodology for contemporary scholarship.
“In this excellent book Fabrizio Ferrari provides a thorough examination of de Martino’s work.” – Gustavo Benavides, Villanova University
1. The Life, Works and Influences of Ernesto de Martino
2. De Martino’s Writings on Religion
3. From Militant Ethnology to Critical Ethnocentrism
4. Religion, Magic and the Crisis of the Presence
5. Using de Martino to Interpret Religion: Applications and Limitations
About the Author:
Fabrizio M. Ferrari is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies and Hinduism at the University of Chester. His publications include a study of the Bauls of Bengal (Oltre il confine, dove la terra F rossa: Canti d'amore e d'estasi dei Baul del Bengala, Ariele, 2001) and an examination of the gajan festival of Bengal (Guilty Males and Proud Females: Negotiating Genders in a Bengali Festival, Seagull, 2011). He is the editor of Health and Religious Rituals in South Asia: Disease, Possession and Healing (Routledge, 2011).