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  1. An idea of soul
  2. The ancient savage philosophers
  3. The origin of religion

This article is based on Tylor's work on animism and Durkheim's work The Elementary Forms of the religious Life. One of the main problems of an anthropological study of religions is to find the objectivity that every science requires. For example do we need to be believers or atheists to study a religion scientifically? Most of the studies need one to choose a point of view before beginning the study. In this case we are confronted with a functionalist and symbolic study. This however is not the only difficulty that we are faced with, given the fact that some anthropological studies are accused of falling into evolutionism and reductionism.

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