Part 1 - Archaeology: the meaning of the beginning. 1 Introduction. 2 Cosmogony. Part 2 - Cosmology. 3 Space. 4 Time. Part 3 Anthropology: the menaing of the human condition. 5 The human constitution. 6 Human growth and creativity. 7 Specialists. Part 4 - Terminology: the meaning of the end. 8 Death and the end of time. 9 Summary conclusions
'...examines the religions of an entire continent [South America] from four points of view: Beginnings (cosmogony and first beings); Cosmology (space and time); Anthropology (human beings, the soul, religious figures, and organizations); and the Meaning of the End (death, funerary rites, eschatology). Sullivan also examines religious practices and individual specialists: priests, diviners, healers, and shamans....'