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The three essays included here, first published in the 1920's, retain their power to move. In 'Magic, Science and Religion' Malinowski examines the various views of primitive religion (put forth by Frazer and Durkheim among others) and goes on to explore his own theories. Scientific knowledge, he finds, is common to all peoples, even the most primitive but religion and magic are special means.
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Redfield’s Introduction to the book, Magic, Science and Religion and Other Essays, published in 1948). A close look at the content of this essay will enable you to evaluate Malinowski’s talent for seeing the universal elements of human culture through the particular case of the Trobriand Islanders, whom he had observed and studied. Secondly, we find that Malinowski does not confine himself.
The primitive man takes recourse to magic to use supernatural powers and uses religion also for precisely this purpose. In civilized societies such functions are done by science. In primitive societies many activities connected with agriculture, animal husbandary and fishing require the help of science, religion and even magic.
This book describes the author's personal observations plus he reviews other anthropologists observations on magic, religion, and science among people having no significant contacts with western civilization. The book uses language almost 100 years old. For example he calls those people - savages. Currently we call those islanders - indigenous people or aborigines. Truth is that many people.