Discovering World Religions at 24 Frames Per Second

Discovering World Religions at 24 Frames Per Second

by Julien R. Fielding
     
 

ISBN-10: 0810859963

ISBN-13: 9780810859968

Pub. Date: 09/26/2008

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Traditionally, university students have gained access to world religions by reading primary texts. Discovering World Religions at 24 Frames Per Second takes students beyond the written page, offering an exploration of the same religious traditions through the study of feature films. The many definitions of religion are examined along with its various components,

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Traditionally, university students have gained access to world religions by reading primary texts. Discovering World Religions at 24 Frames Per Second takes students beyond the written page, offering an exploration of the same religious traditions through the study of feature films. The many definitions of religion are examined along with its various components, including doctrine, myth, ethics, ritual, and symbol. Specific religious traditions, including Hinduism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, popular religion, and Shinto are examined. Biographical sketches of directors whose films tend to focus on a particular religious tradition are also included, such as Zhang Yimou, Hayao Miyazaki, Deepa Mehta, and Akira Kurosawa. Discovering World Religions at 24 Frames Per Second is unique in the area of religion and film studies in that it isn't just a collection of essays. Instead it provides the introductory student with the necessary background information on the various religions before looking at how their ideas can be understood not through texts but through the cinematic medium. To keep the conversation fresh, most of the films used in the book were made within the last decade. Furthermore, examples range from popular, mainstream fare, such as Star Wars and the Lord of the Rings trilogy to lesser-known foreign films, such as The Wooden Man's Bride and The Great Yokai War. Several films with a "cult-like" following are also discussed, including Fight Club, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Jacob's Ladder. This book is also unique in that instead of drawing upon the Judeo-Christian tradition, it draws from Eastern traditions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810859968
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/26/2008
Series:
ATLA Monograph Series, #49
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Films

1 What Is Religion? 1

2 Religions in India 43

3 Buddhism 107

4 Religions of China 207

5 Religions of Japan 303

6 Multiple Interpretations 385

7 Hybrid Films 427

Bibliography 509

Index 533

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