Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief

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From Shinto temples to rosary beads, thangka paintings to missionary tracts, religion is a material process. Charged with culturally-specific sacred meanings, religious objects have been used for purposes of worship, commemoration, art, and even subversion, and have been at the root of some of the world's most hotly contested struggles. Material Religion seeks to explore how religion happens in material culture--images, devotional and liturgical objects, architecture and sacred space, works of art and ...

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Overview

From Shinto temples to rosary beads, thangka paintings to missionary tracts, religion is a material process. Charged with culturally-specific sacred meanings, religious objects have been used for purposes of worship, commemoration, art, and even subversion, and have been at the root of some of the world's most hotly contested struggles. Material Religion seeks to explore how religion happens in material culture--images, devotional and liturgical objects, architecture and sacred space, works of art and mass-produced artifacts. No less important than these material forms are the many different practices that put them to work. Ritual, communication, ceremony, instruction, meditation, propaganda, pilgrimage, display, magic, liturgy and interpretation constitute many of the practices whereby religious material culture constructs the worlds of belief.

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"I cannot think of a religious tradition that does not depend on material objects for transcendence. In the Christian version, it has been said that you cannot even get the faith started without a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, and a river. The editors will have their eye out for loaves, bottles, rivers, and their counterparts in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and the new religion down the block. Enjoying what these experienced and trustworthy folk publish should enhance the understanding of material motifs and artifacts in relation to spiritual and communal expressions."-Martin E. Marty, University of Chicago

"Material Religion is to be warmly welcomed as a key forum for a neglected area of research. With an impressive range of editors, the inter-disciplinary approach and the emphasis upon material culture in all its diversity will encourage new research on religion, both theoretically and methodologically."-Timothy Insoll, University of Manchester

"Focus on doctrine, beliefs, and ideas has often ignored the myriad ways that people "flesh out" or "body forth" their religious sensibilities in objects and practices. Yet religious passions tend to cluster around devotional objects, images, and music rather than around beliefs that are unaccompanied by material signs. Material Religion will address a much neglected feature of religion, contributing substantially to the understanding of how religion works in people's lives."-Margaret Miles, The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845204204
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/6/2006
  • Edition description: Issue 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

S. Brent Plate is at Texas Christian University.

David Goa is at the University of Alberta.

David Morgan is at Valparaiso University.

Crispin Paine is an independent scholar.

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Table of Contents

Theme Issue: The Visual Cultures of Global Pentecostalism
• Introduction--Tamar Gordon
• Of Faith and Visual Alertness: The Message of 'Mediatized' Religion in an African Pentecostal Context--J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu
• The Spectacular and the Spirits Charismatics and Neo-Traditionalists on Ghanaian Television--Marleen de Witte
• Mass Mediating the Spiritual Battle: Pentecostal Appropriations of Mass Mediated Violence in Rio de Janeiro--Martijn Oosterbann
• Outlook
• In Conversation

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