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Lawrence Sullivan is director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School. He took his Ph.D. in the history of religions from the University of Chicago, under the direction of Victor Turner and Mircea Eliade, and later taught on the faculty there.. He has special research interest in the religious life of native peoples of South America, about which he wrote a book entitled Icanchu's Drum which was awarded a prize for the best book in philosophy and religion from the Association of American Publishers, and lived among the Nahuatlecos in the state of Hidalgo in Mexico. He edited the Encyclopedia of Religion published by Macmillan. He has served as President of the American Academy of Religions, the 8,000-member professional organization of those who teach about religion in North American colleges and universities.

 

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