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Publication information: Book title: Across the Boundaries of Belief:Contemporary Issues in the Anthropology of Religion. Contributors: Morton Klass - Author, Maxine Weisgrau - Author. Publisher: Westview Press. Place of publication: Boulder, CO. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 401.